Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp spots “clear” issue with VAR decision on James Maddison goal

Jurgen Klopp took aim at VAR after a narrow onside call saw Leicester equalise and sparked Liverpool’s collapse at the King Power.

The Reds had the lead heading into the final 15 minutes courtesy of Mohamed Salah’s opener, but three quick-fire goals saw Leicester turn the game on its head.

James Maddison pulled one back from a powerful free kick which hung low, before Jamie Vardy capitalised on a coming together between Alisson and Ozan Kabak to give the Foxes the lead.

Harvey Barnes punished Liverpool’s lacklustre defending to add a third in the closing stages, but it was Maddison’s goal which irked Klopp.

Klopp pointed out what he perceived as a “clear” VAR error

VAR drew lines to determine no Foxes player was in an offside position and obstructing Alisson’s vision as Maddison’s free kick fizzed in from a tight angle.

But Klopp claimed the VAR check was examining a moment before Maddison had struck the set piece, telling BT Sport : “We conceded a goal, which is a really tough one to take.

“I know we discuss a lot about VAR but I think we all agree it was a turning point in the game.

“I saw it now a couple of times, the goal and the moment when they stop the situation where you look who is offside, who is not offside, he didn’t even touch the ball yet.

Vardy put Leicester ahead minutes after Maddison's equaliser
Vardy put Leicester ahead minutes after Maddison’s equaliser

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“So it means it’s still an individual decision of someone who makes it in the end, who is offside and who is not offside.

“That’s really hard because, for me, it looks like a clear offside in that moment because he has to touch the ball, that’s the moment when the offside is yes or no.

“When I saw it now, Bobby’s foot should be a little bit closer than whatever they throw in there. That was it, it was a turning point.

“The second goal is a misunderstanding which we spoke about before, we said we need to get used to each other.

Klopp insisted Liverpool were the "clear dominant side"
Klopp insisted Liverpool were the “clear dominant side”

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“We were used to each other until I don’t know when the goal happened, 75 minutes or so.

“It was a really, really good football game. They were one position ahead of us, maybe now more, I don’t know, but on the pitch that was not obvious.

“We were the clear dominant side. We played the football we wanted to play, we avoided their counter-attacks, we did pretty much everything we had to do.

“We scored a really nice goal, had more chances but that’s normal. We have to work harder in our situation to create more chances to get more goals.

“But the game was really good then you concede these two goals, and the third one obviously lose the ball too easy and one pass, they are done.

“That’s something I don’t like because we were obviously much too open in that moment. I told the boys already that’s not OK.

“But that’s the situation we are in.”

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Newcastle 1-2 Leicester: James Maddison & Youri Tielemans earn Foxes win

James Maddison’s goal was his fourth in the league this season

Fine first-time finishes from James Maddison and Youri Tielemans helped Leicester beat Newcastle and move to within a point of the top of the Premier League.

Maddison fired in Jamie Vardy’s pull-back from just inside the penalty area to break Newcastle’s resistance before Tielemans curled home from 20 yards after Marc Albrighton’s pass.

Andy Carroll’s equally impressive volley reduced the deficit, his first goal since rejoining Newcastle in August 2019.

Leicester moved back above Tottenham into third, although they have played a game more than Spurs, leaders Liverpool and second-placed Manchester United.

Having drawn their past two games, Leicester were in danger of dropping off the pace in the title race, but they showed their class in patches at St James’ Park and deserved three points.

Apart from a tidy Vardy finish that was disallowed for offside, they were restricted to very little in the first half, although returning pair Maddison and Tielemans unlocked Newcastle after the break.

Carroll stroked home to put some gloss on the scoreline for Newcastle – his first goal for the club since 2010 – but the hosts saw their winless league run extended to five games.

Returnees provide quality for Foxes

Manager Brendan Rodgers rested Vardy for Monday’s trip to Crystal Palace, a gamble that failed to pay off as Leicester were held to a 1-1 draw.

Rodgers restored Vardy and Tielemans to the starting line-up against Newcastle and was boosted by the returns of Maddison and Timothy Castagne from injury.

The difference was telling as Leicester recorded a seventh win in nine away games this season, the best record in the top flight.

Jamie Vardy.
Jamie Vardy has netted once in his past five games

Vardy latched on to through balls from Maddison and Tielemans in the early stages, only to be foiled on both occasions by the offside flag, but the danger to Newcastle was readily apparent.

While the Magpies were able to snuff out the supply for the rest of the opening 45 minutes, they were fortunate when Vardy sliced wide from a Castagne ball over the top early in the second half.

The 33-year-old striker neatly skipped inside Federico Fernandez to tee up Maddison for the important breakthrough and later hit the bar from distance, although a belated flag went again up.

Although Vardy did not add to his 11 goals this season, only Harry Kane, Jack Grealish, Bruno Fernandes and Kevin de Bruyne have more Premier League assists than his five.

More to follow.

Player of the match

AlbrightonMarc Albrighton

Newcastle United

  1. Squad number7Player nameCarroll

  2. Squad number26Player nameDarlow

  3. Squad number22Player nameYedlin

  4. Squad number18Player nameFernández

  5. Squad number5Player nameSchär

  6. Squad number2Player nameClark

  7. Squad number13Player nameC Wilson

  8. Squad number11Player nameRitchie

  9. Squad number23Player nameMurphy

  10. Squad number8Player nameShelvey

  11. Squad number4Player nameM Longstaff

  12. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón

  13. Squad number36Player nameS Longstaff

  14. Squad number9Player nameJoelinton

Leicester City

  1. Squad number11Player nameAlbrighton

  2. Squad number8Player nameTielemans

  3. Squad number10Player nameMaddison

  4. Squad number9Player nameVardy

  5. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel

  6. Squad number6Player nameEvans

  7. Squad number25Player nameNdidi

  8. Squad number3Player nameFofana

  9. Squad number2Player nameJustin

  10. Squad number15Player nameBarnes

  11. Squad number27Player nameCastagne

  12. Squad number4Player nameSöyüncü



  • 26Darlow
  • 22YedlinSubstituted forCarrollat 79′minutes
  • 18Fernández
  • 5Schär
  • 2Clark
  • 11Ritchie
  • 24AlmirónSubstituted forMurphyat 64′minutes
  • 36S Longstaff
  • 4M Longstaff
  • 9JoelintonSubstituted forShelveyat 65′minutes
  • 13C Wilson


  • 1Dubravka
  • 3Dummett
  • 7Carroll
  • 8Shelvey
  • 12Gayle
  • 16Hendrick
  • 17Krafth
  • 19Manquillo
  • 23Murphy


  • 1Schmeichel
  • 2JustinBooked at 81mins
  • 3Fofana
  • 6Evans
  • 27Castagne
  • 25Ndidi
  • 8TielemansBooked at 60mins
  • 11Albrighton
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forSöyüncüat 79′minutes
  • 15Barnes
  • 9Vardy


  • 4Söyüncü
  • 12Ward
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 17Pérez
  • 18Amartey
  • 19Ünder
  • 24Mendy
  • 26Praet
  • 33Thomas

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