Liverpool VAR controversy leads to plea for ‘no secrets and microphoned refs’

Stephen Warnock wants Premier League referees microphoned up and the audio released to fans and pundits.

The former Liverpool defender made the demand after the Reds fell victim to another VAR review.

Early on against Sheffield United, Fabinho's tackle on Oli McBurnie was adjudged to have been a foul with Mike Dean pointing to a free-kick outside the box.

A VAR review was taken place, however, and the decision was upgraded to a penalty.

Sander Berge stepped up to slot home past a returning Alisson.

For Klopp, the issue wasn't that the decision was changed to a penalty but that it wasn't a foul in the first place.

"There was no foul," Klopp said. “It is now six games into the season and in three of them we have been on the wrong end of these kind of decisions. We are not asking for an advantage – we just don’t want to be disadvantaged. And that is the situation.

"The penalty gave Sheffield a proper boost. Until then they couldn’t get to us."

Warnock has criticised the process and wants more guidance on the game's laws.

"The big thing for me is it shouldn't be a secret. If they're the laws of the game what are they hiding from us? They've got nothing to hide," Warnock said in a Stadium Astro discussion.

"If they've got an explanation for why they've given a penalty, and that is within the laws of the game, then tell us. Educate us.

"The funny thing is myself and you (presenter) have played the game but we still feel like we don't know the laws.

"We need to be educated by the audio, I think that's a brilliant idea – to release the audio. Especially more so on big incidents where there is so much debate about it. Bring the audio out.

"My other thing would be ex-players in the VAR booth."

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