By Keith Hackett

13th Aug, 2022 | 12:00pm

Ex-Fifa official: Liverpool profit from 'mind-boggling' Uefa change

Liverpool will benefit from the introduction of semi-automated offsides in the Champions League group stages this season, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee admitted he was “surprised” the technology was being introduced already.

The Athletic reported earlier this month (3 August) that Uefa have confirmed semi-automated system will be used for the group stages of the Champions League this term.

The system has been trialled around the world, including at the Club World Cup earlier this year, and is also set to be used at the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

“Any technology that improves the accuracy of the decision-making process is fine by me,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“I’m really up to the speed with it because I was involved with the goalline technology. The mechanics of it all that have been published are mind-boggling.

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“It looks to me, that semi-automatic offsides mean you don’t have the assistant interfering with the process.

“The semi-automated system will take away some of the duties of the assistant referee by way of offside. It’s going to go upstairs, VAR will say offside or not.

“The other question is, who is going to pay for it? Is Uefa going to pay?

“The instillation of the fixed cameras can be done pretty quickly.

“With goalline technology, you have to ensure the cameras are aligned and that the building hasn’t moved or the wind. They are calibrated pre-kick-off.

“Will this be done remotely? Or, do they have to pay for one or two people to calibrate the system for every game? How does that work?

“It’s surprising that it’s going to be used so quickly given that most things, like goalline technology, are delayed. We brought it to the fore in the Premier League and then Fifa wanted to claim the glory by using it at the World Cup first.”

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