Liverpool managed to beat Newcastle 3-0 and lead the Premier League table above Manchester City.
The “manchester city vs liverpool” is a football match that took place on Saturday, December 16. Liverpool led the table above Manchester City after beating them 3-1 at home. Newcastle United also made it into the top half of the table for the first time this season with a 2-1 win over Everton.
The Premier League championship race is close this season, with champions Manchester City just one point ahead of Liverpool.
When the VAR (video assistance referee) decisions are removed, the pendulum flips, with Jurgen Klopp’s side two points ahead of their championship rivals and into first place.
We’re looking at all VAR decisions in the Premier League this season to determine how they may have influenced game outcomes.
It’s not simply about how many times a club receives a favorable VAR decision or how many goals are impacted. What matters is when these VAR judgments are made, how they may have affected the game’s outcome, and, most importantly, if that influence would have altered the final score.
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Only two outcomes are altered by VAR rulings, as Liverpool climbs to the top of the Premier League standings despite only gaining one point (though there is a net gain of two on Man City).
Jurgen Klopp’s side did drop a point early in the season, when the Reds would have lost at home to Chelsea if it hadn’t been for the VAR penalty and red card for Reece James for handball on the goal line. After Sadio Mane had a goal ruled out by the VAR for handball while the score was already 2-0 to Liverpool, they earned two more when their 2-2 home draw against Burnley is tallied as a 4-0 triumph.
Manchester City, on the other hand, loses a point overall. The 0-0 draw against Southampton at home has been changed to a 1-0 loss after the VAR overturned a penalty and red card against Kyle Walker. However, City’s 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace is recalculated as a 2-1 victory; City were losing 1-0 after Gabriel Jesus’ goal against Phil Foden was disallowed for offside with half an hour remaining.
City’s most high-profile VAR situation was in a January away match against Arsenal. Just after half-time, the VAR awarded City a penalty, which Riyad Mahrez deservedly converted, and Pep Guardiola’s side went on to win 2-1. Without VAR, City’s victory is a loss.
In terms of points earned and positions climbed, Newcastle United is by far the greatest winner without VAR. Eddie Howe’s club, who was previously one of the relegation favorites, jumps four places into the top half of the league when their point total rises by five. An injury-time VAR penalty granted to Southampton while the Magpies were 2-1 up, and a goal awarded to Harry Kane in a game that the Magpies lost 3-2 to Tottenham Hotspur, are two examples of VAR rulings that went against them.
Everton may also feel aggrieved by VAR as they move away from the relegation zone. The difference between third and fourth place doubles from three to six points with an additional four points. However, they may have the VAR to thank for Allan’s red card against Newcastle, which inspired them to an injury-time 1-0 victory.
Without VAR, Brentford and Burnley get two points, while Arsenal, Leicester, Brighton, and Norwich gain just one point.
Without VAR, the huge losers are
Without VAR, Manchester United may just lose a point, but when combined with Arsenal’s point, the Red Devils fall even farther behind in the fight for Champions League football.
The margin between Arsenal and the Gunners has widened to six points, with Arsenal having a game in hand as they seek to return to European football’s top division.
Man United dropped a point as the VAR saved them from a late loss at home to Everton owing to offside, but Brighton earned a VAR red card in the 53rd minute at Old Trafford with a higher xG at the moment, resulting in a 0-0 tie and United gaining two points. One judgment that went against them was a goal that was disallowed when the score was 1-1 against Burnley, which lost them two points.
Watford, Wolverhampton Wanderers, and Southampton are the biggest point losers, having each lost three points won during the season courtesy to VAR. Southampton has suffered the most damage in terms of league position, falling three places to 14th.
Watford were behind Everton when Joshua King’s goal was permitted owing to an offside flag that was incorrectly raised. The Hornets went on to win the game 5-2 as a result of it. Watford’s chances of staying up become low in the absence of VAR, with an eight-point difference between them and fourth-bottom Leeds United, despite the fact that they are just three points from safety in the actual standings.
With VAR, Leeds lose two points and move closer to the relegation zone.
Aston Villa and Crystal Palace lose a point, while Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, and West Ham maintain their records.
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