Ex-Premier League referee: Liverpool profit from major injustice as controversial Trent Alexander-Arnold image emerges - 'Where was VAR?'
Tottenham deserved a penalty in their 2-1 loss to Liverpool on Sunday (6 November), according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee questioned why VAR did not intervene after Trent Alexander-Arnold’s “push” on Ryan Sessegnon.
In the 18th minute, Sessegnon was played in behind the Liverpool defence by Ivan Perisic before going down after Alexander-Arnold’s challenge.
Andy Madley waved away Spurs’ appeals and VAR did not intervene so the game restarted with a Liverpool goal kick.
“For me, this is a nailed-on penalty kick,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“The reason this is a nailed-on penalty kick is that it is a push.
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“Why do I know it’s a push? Because Alexander-Arnold starts with a bent arm and with his action, flattens it. That’s a push.
“If you’ve got a bent arm and straighten your arm, that’s a push. That’s exactly what he’s done here.
“This is a nailed-on penalty kick. I’m not interested in a light touch or whatever, it’s a foul, it’s a penalty kick.
“The referee has got it wrong but in fairness, he’s not got the view although he is in a good position.
“Where was VAR? For me, this is a clear and obvious error.
“Maybe there is confusion with the lighter touch but it is a foul. If the referee doesn’t see it, it’s a clear and obvious error and VAR should have come in.”
Alexander-Arnold‘s defending has come under intense scrutiny this season amid Liverpool’s struggles.
The Reds have only kept three clean sheets in the 11 Premier League games that the 24-year-old has started.