Trent Alexander-Arnold says Liverpool need to put Saturday’s VAR saga behind them ahead of the Europa league tie with Union Saint-Gilloise, reports Jonny Lambe from Anfield.
The Reds endured a controversial 2-1 loss at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, as Luis Diaz saw an onside goal wrongfully disallowed after a “significant human error” by VAR officials Darren England and Dan Cook.
Liverpool released a damning club statement, demanding transparency from refereeing body the PGMOL, who admitted Diaz’s goal was mistakenly ruled out immediately after the game. The PGMOL also released the audio from inside the VAR room which clearly illustrates the mix up.
Referees' body PGMOL have released the full audio from the VAR hub relating to the Luis Diaz goal that was incorrectly disallowed in Spurs v Liverpool
— Premier League Communications (@PLComms) October 3, 2023
Asked ‘What happened on Saturday?’ Alexander-Arnold responded with a wry smile:
“There’s nothing we can do as players. The VAR system is something we can’t control.
“We’ve got to put our trust in the referees and the officials that use it and hope they get the decisions right. Sometimes they go for you and sometimes they go against you and what happened on the weekend is very frustrating but it’s past us now.
“Taking the circumstances and what actually happened aside, we lost the game and no matter what way that happens, you lose the game. Our motivation now is we’ve got two games before the international break comes and we want and feel like we need to win both games. It will be difficult to do so but we feel we are capable.”
Jurgen Klopp’s team have enjoyed a strong start to the season, sitting just two points behind leaders Manchester City and have picked up three points in their opening Europa League fixture, away to LASK.
While several players have joined the club this summer amid a host of departures, Alexander-Arnold believes the experience in the squad is helping what is seen as a period of transition for Klopp’s team.
He said: “The players that have been around for a while, players that have experienced all these things, we know what it takes and when new players, young players come through, we show them what’s needed to be a successful team. It’s an exciting time.
“As players and as a team we don’t shy from our ambitions, we want to win trophies. We feel we’ve laid a good foundation. It’s still early doors, we will be able to judge where we are and analyse around the Christmas stage. We just want to win every game in front of us, we start again tomorrow with a big game.”
The Reds host the high-flying Belgian side at Anfield in their second Europa League fixture (8pm KO), hoping to maintain their strong start to the group.