‘It’s about time’ – Garth Crooks on Jordan Henderson’s reaction to the Liverpool VAR controversy

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Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been hailed as an inspiration to other players who have spoken out against VAR.
Following the 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, where the hosts equalized through a time-out penalty with Andy Robertson penalized after a monitor review as referee Stuart Attwell initially failed to give the decision, the Reds skipper called for the removal of VAR. .

When asked if he would ditch the controversial innovation, Henderson told Match of the Day, “I don’t want to speak for anyone else but in my opinion I would.

“I just want to play football normally. I’ve seen Kevin de Bruyne say in an interview that they’ve changed the rules so much that we don’t know what they are anymore. This is a big problem for me.

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“We talk about instances all the time and not football. In my opinion, I would rather play without it, yes.

Now, BBC expert and former PFA chairman Garth Crooks is hoping Henderson’s outspoken admission may encourage others to speak out on an issue that many say harms football.

Writing in his Team of the Week column, which included Liverpool goalscorer at Brighton Diogo Jota, Crooks said: “Regular readers will know what I think about VAR, and I’ve been saying that in this column since the infernal device was first introduced to the game.

“The know-it-all and snake oil sellers have convinced the football public that the video assistant referee will rid the game of controversy and argument.



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“Well, give me a moment while I try to pull myself together from a hysterical laugh.

“Even Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson joined the chorus, demanding that technology have only a limited role to play in the modern game.

“I wish there were others like him. It is high time that gamers found their voice on this issue.

Fortunately, Liverpool recently signed Diogo Jota and everything he touches at the moment seems to turn into goals – and not even VAR can stop him. ”

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