Ex-Fifa official: Liverpool set to benefit from major change after journalist's reveal
Keith Hackett is adamant Premier League clubs such as Liverpool will benefit from the introduction of new offside technology next season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Fifa and Premier League referee claimed the new system will “take out the majority of the human element.”
According to The Times‘ Martyn Ziegler (12 September), the Premier League is set to push ahead with plans to use semi-automated offsides in the 2023-24 campaign.
It comes after such technology was successfully introduced in the Champions League group stages this season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side play a notoriously high line and their defenders are often seen berating linesman for not flaggin offsides earlier.
When asked by Football Insider for his insight on the new technology, Hackett said: “It works on AI.
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“It is a system that has been trialled in Poland and Brazil under the leadership of Fifa. It is promoted by Arsene Wenger, very strongly.
“I understand that some Premier League clubs already have the equipment in place.
“This is going to be a better system than the one we have currently got. It will take out the majority of the human element.
“The complexity of the law, in regards to ‘did he make a deliberate play for the ball’ cannot be eliminated. That is why it is being described as semi-automated.
“For me, it is long overdue. I am glad that it is being introduced. The fact that the Champions League have taken it on shows that they believe it will benefit the game.”