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Liverpool news: Trent Alexander-Arnold talks impact of VAR decision after Chelsea win | Football | Sport


Trent Alexander-Arnold believes VAR caused a mental setback for Chelsea during Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

Alexander-Arnold gave the Reds the lead with a stunning free-kick after 14 minutes and Roberto Firmino doubled the visitors’ lead almost 15 minutes later.

But before Firmino’s header the Blues saw Cesar Azpilicueta’s strike disallowed because VAR found Mason Mount to be offside in the buildup.

The referee decided there was to be no goal and the jubilation from the home crowd quickly evaporated.

Chelsea later got one back in with a wonderful finish by N’Golo Kante but couldn’t produce anything more in the final 19 minutes of the match to earn a draw.

Alexander-Arnold admits the VAR decision was a major mental setback for the home side.

The Liverpool full-back, though, praised Frank Lampard’s men for their tough performance in the final 30 minutes of the match and described them as a “proud side”.

Alexander-Arnold told Sky Sports: “It is a mental set back for the other team.

“You think you have scored, celebrate, get back in position and all of a sudden the goal has been cancelled.

“You can’t expect to come here and have it your own way.

“They are a proud side and were going to come out fighting.

“The last 25-30 minutes was really tough.”

Liverpool are still top of the Premier League as they stretched their perfect winning run to six victories to start the season.

Jurgen Klopp’s side also bounced back after Tuesday’s heartbreaking loss to Napoli in the Champions League.



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