Ex Liverpool Player Slammed VAR After Everton’s Controversial Penalty

Dejan Lovren slammed VAR after Everton’s controversial penalty in their 2-0 Merseyside derby win over Liverpool.

The Toffees took an early lead through Richarlison and rounded things off in the 83rd minute when Gylfi Sigurdsson tucked home from the penalty spot.

Yet Chris Kavanagh’s decision to give a penalty proved controversial, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin colliding with Trent Alexander-Arnold, who had slid in to try and block a shot by the Toffees striker.

There was little Alexander-Arnold could have done to avoid the contact but Kavanagh opted to stick with his decision after being advised to check the pitchside monitor by VAR.

It prompted some angry tweets from former Reds defender Dejan Lovren, who was clearly unhappy with the decision.

“Take off VAR,” Lovren tweeted.

“I prefer human mistake than with VAR,” he said.

“Soon there will be no referees on the pitch, just AI.”

Speaking on Sky Sports co-commentary, Carragher hit out at the decision.

He said: “The referee’s given a penalty but, when you see Trent, I’m not sure what he’s supposed to do.

“He’s there and he runs over him. I think that’s very harsh for a penalty, I really do.

“Trent’s got to put a challenge in and it’s just that follow-through from Calvert-Lewin.

“I’m not sure what Trent’s supposed to do. Maybe you could argue it’s not the fault of Calvert-Lewin that Trent’s in his way but I think it’s very harsh.”

He added: “You don’t see that often, you don’t see a referee asked to look at a decision and very rarely keep his decision.

“I think it’s a very harsh one.”

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