Scotland captain Andy Robertson has found himself in the thick of a VAR controversy on Liverpool duty.

The Reds drew 1-1 with Brighton on Saturday, Liverpool conceding in stoppage time through a Pascal Gross penalty after Diogo Jota had put them ahead.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool - Premier League

VAR made a big call. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Robertson was fuming at full-time, as it was he who had given away the spot-kick. The Scotland captain was deemed to have clipped Danny Welbeck in the box, the referee pointing to the spot after a VAR check.

It’s brought about the debate on how much good the video assistance actually brings to the game. While the letter of the law states it was a penalty, it was still very soft.

Scotland’s captain took to Twitter, saying: “Wonder when the people playing the game will have a say! Very frustrating day but credit to Brighton, really tough opponent!”

Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool - Premier League

A foul was given. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

This game also had headlines made of it by Jurgen Klopp’s post-match interview, in which he took aim at broadcasters for their scheduling regime that is meaning clubs are playing every few days at obscure times.

Liverpool’s boss had to play Robertson for 90 minutes again, unable to substitute him as the five-sub rule has been taken away. Klopp wishes he’d have been able to sub the Scots captain, who has recently overcome a hamstring niggle.

“It’s really dangerous for players,” he said post-match. “Since then (a vote on a return to five subs), nothing has happened. If you can’t do five subs… it’s not for tactical reasons. If we had five subs I take off Robbo, 100%. It’s to save him, not to make our game better. That’s the situation.”

Fans have given their take on Robertson’s penalty incident after a fiery Amex encounter.



Have something to tell us about this article?