Published: Wed, January 31, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Liverpool boss Klopp branded 'ludicrous' over FA Cup TV time claims

Liverpool boss Klopp branded 'ludicrous' over FA Cup TV time claims

A self-critical Joel Matip highlighted defensive errors - including his first-half own-goal - as the reason for Liverpool's FA Cup exit at the hands of West Bromwich Albion on Saturday evening.

To add to the drama the match was also shown live on BT Sport and discussed widely before, during and after the Baggies dumped Liverpool out of the cup.

West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew says that he is "really proud" of his players after battling to a 3-2 win over Liverpool to reach the last 16 of the FA Cup. "The weight of it and the execution is brilliant".

Firstly, West Brom were denied a goal which would have sent them 3-1 ahead when referee Craig Pawson ― prompted by his colleague Andre Marriner, who was watching the game from a TV studio on the outskirts of London ― ruled that Gareth Barry had been standing in an offside position and interfering with play.

"What I heard was that the actual extra time in the first half should have been 10 minutes", said Klopp.

Referee Craig Pawson paused the game when using VAR to disallow a West Brom goal, award Roberto Firmino a penalty and determine if the visitors' third should stand.

The new technology stopped the flow of play on numerous occasions and sometimes for more that four minutes at a time and played a crucial role in deciding the final scoreline. You can't cut match time because there is something else to broadcast. "I heard that television said it's not longer than four minutes", said Klopp, as per The Telegraph.

"It's hard to know where to start, you guys are all experienced reporters, you were all here, I don't think that's what you want to see going forward".

"You can not use VAR unless there is a huge television screen in the stadium for all to see".

"If it is 10 minutes, play 10 minutes".

Klopp's comments came following a reported conversation with fourth official Jon Moss, which referees' body Professional Game Match Officials Limited believe may have been misinterpreted.

"They have got a lot of screens where they can watch it from different angles so make a decision and go".

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