West Brom dump Liverpool out of FA Cup


Unhappy Klopp

Jay Rodriguez scored twice as West Brom won at Liverpool in an extraordinary FA Cup fourth-round tie dominated by video assistant referee (VAR) decisions.

Referee Craig Pawson ruled out an Albion goal, gave Liverpool a penalty and delayed awarding the visitors’ third goal because of VAR referrals.

BBC reports that Rodriguez thumped an equaliser seconds after Roberto Firmino chipped an opener, then slotted Albion 2-1 up.

Joel Matip’s own goal made it 3-1, before Mohamed Salah pulled one back.

Liverpool’s first-half penalty, which Firmino missed, was a moment of VAR history – as it was the first time a referee in an English game had referred to a monitor on the touchline to make a final decision.

Pawson ruled, after a significant delay, that Jake Livermore had tugged Salah’s shirt, and pointed to the spot.

Liverpool pushed hard for a late equaliser, but…

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