Liverpool angry at VAR after lack of feedback and access to in-room recording

A month after Liverpool contacted the Premier League and PGMOL to demand an explanation about why Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was not sent off for his challenge on Virgil van Dijk during the Merseyside derby, the club reportedly believe they have not been given a sufficient response.

Liverpool also asked for clarification about which part of Sadio Mane's body was deemed offside in the build-up to a Jordan Henderson goal, which was ultimately ruled out by VAR.

According to ESPN, the club are unhappy with the response they have received from the authorities.

The report claims that Liverpool have not been given access to the in-room recording from Stockley Park or a copy of the PGMOL's full report on the match.

It comes after David Coote, the man in the middle for that game, was removed from VAR duty for Liverpool's upcoming game against Leicester City on Sunday.

Coote will take charge of Manchester United's clash with West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, with sources telling ESPN that his removal from the Liverpool match was purely down to 'operational reasons'.

Former referee Mark Halsey called the decision to appoint Coote to VAR in the first place "poor".

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Speaking to talkSPORT, Halsey said: "It's poor appointing. There was a massive furore about the incident and we had two or three different reasons why it wasn't picked up; the offside nullified the challenge which was nonsense.

"Why put him in that pressure cooker? There was no need to put him on that fixture list as VAR with Liverpool.

"I hate to criticise fellow colleagues but over the last six to seven years the standard is dropping alarmingly, at all levels.

"We have some great referees out there at the top, and I think Michael Oliver is by far our best referee; Martin Atkinson, Mike Dean, they are experienced guys and they are good referees.

"Top coaches turn average players into good players, good players into excellent players – it is no different with referees.

"We have a failing with a number of top coaches who can take our referees forward."

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