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Liverpool involved in major VAR review as Bruno Fernandes sends very strong warning 



Liverpool involved in major VAR review as Bruno Fernandes sends very strong warning 

Your morning Liverpool headlines for Monday, May 15

Liverpool involved in major VAR review with Howard Webb set to break silence

Liverpool’s trip to Leicester City on Monday could feature a VAR first as Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) chief Howard Webb will reportedly be a guest in the Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football studio.

The technology has frequently been under the spotlight since its introduction in the English top-flight. This season, in particular, there have been growing calls for the audio between the match referee and the officials at Stockley Park to be aired in a bid for more clarity over contentious decisions.

In a report from The Mirror, it claims that the Premier League will trial letting spectators hear conversations between the referee and VAR officials for the first time since the introduction of the technology with Webb joining pundits Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville from 6:30pm, an hour-and-a-half before kick-off at the King Power Stadium.

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The former referee will talk through some footage of a number of high-profile calls throughout the season, with the conversations between referees and VAR officials heard.

This means there may be clarity over the decisions surrounding the Reds. Including incidents involving Diogo Jota or Oliver Skipp during the thriller at Anfield last month. The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was involved in a late lunge on Luis Diaz connecting with the Colombian’s ankle but escaped punishment.

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‘That’s why’ – Bruno Fernandes sends top-four warning to Liverpool after Manchester United win

Bruno Fernandes has acknowledged the importance of Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Wolves as Liverpool attempt to hunt down their Premier League rivals.

Erik ten Hag’s side secured a vital victory on Saturday afternoon thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Alejandro Garnacho, moving four points clear of the Reds in the process.

Liverpool will look to keep pace with United by beating Leicester City on Monday evening, though will be fully aware the race to claim a top-four finish has now been taken out of their hands after this result at Old Trafford.

Recognising the value of his team’s triumph, Fernandes told MUTV: “It was a must-win because we know that we need points to get the position we want to get the top four. We did our job properly and that’s why we got the three points. They [Wolves] are a really smart team, they defend really well. They are compact, it’s difficult to go through their lines. They have quality on the ball.

“They have players with pace up front and they are really good technically, so we had to be aware of the counters, we had to be aware when they had the ball, we had to have the right press on them. So, I think we did really well, [it was] a professional performance and that’s why we get the points.”

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Kostas Tsimikas sends Michael Edwards message and breaks silence on Liverpool future

Kostas Tsimikas believes Liverpool would not have enjoyed their success under Jurgen Klopp were it not for the input of former sporting director Michael Edwards.

Tsimikas was among a host of players Edwards – working alongside Klopp and the recruitment team – helped bring to the club during six years in the role before his departure last summer.

The Greece international joined in 2020 with Liverpool the reigning Premier League and world champions having won the Champions League the season before, and helped them to lift the FA Cup and League Cup last season.

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And Tsimikas has saluted the job done by Edwards, whose successor Julian Ward will shortly leave the Reds with the club still to determine their next sporting director.

“Usually these people do everything,” said the left-back. “He (Edwards) has made a lot of important changes in the team, very important transfers. He brought me here too and I’m very happy about it. Because if it wasn’t for that man and the entire scouting department of the team, I wouldn’t be here.

“I think that if it wasn’t for him, the team wouldn’t have reached where it is now, with all the trophies it has won. So I, in turn, and the team thank him very much for what he did for all of us.”

While making 28 appearances for Liverpool this season, Tsimikas has started only eight Premier League games – of which half came in the first three months – with Andy Robertson the established left-back.

And speaking to Greek publication Gazzetta, Tsimikas said: “This is very difficult for me. Because many times I come here happy, full, ready to give everything. I go out on the field, I give everything and in the end I don’t play and that’s not easy.

“I understand, we are 22 players, we can’t all play. It’s very difficult and people can’t understand it, because people only see how much money the footballer gets, what a life he leads and all this. For me this is the most difficult, at times you have to come to terms with some situations that make you feel very disadvantaged.

“You ask yourself ‘what do I need to do more of? What do I need to improve on? Am I not good?’. And that’s how all the problems start.”

Whlie Tsimikas still has another two years remaining on his Liverpool contract, speculation has grown over a possible departure this summer. The player, though, has not even considered an exit from Anfield.

“To tell the truth, I haven’t thought of myself in the colours of another team, especially in England,” he said. “I try to be focused and give my best for the team I play for.

“Liverpool is the team that has raised me in football. From the people who work in the club, to the chefs, you see that everyone is equal, they see you as a person here. From day one they hugged me tight, loved me, showed me the way, everything I want is here. There is no better atmosphere in a team I think. So, I haven’t thought about it (leaving).”


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