Premier League table without VAR would have Liverpool six points clear right now

Liverpool would have reportedly been sitting six points clear at the top of the Premier League if VAR wasn’t in use.

The Reds, who won their maiden title last season, have had eight decisions go against them this campaign.

VAR has against been a regular talking point, even with referees heading to the pitchside monitor to check their decisions on a more regular basis.

And research from The Sun has shown that Jurgen Klopp’s side have lost four points that they would have got without VAR.

Second-placed Manchester United have benefitted from VAR, being three points better off than they would have been.

It means a table without VAR would see Liverpool sitting pretty on 37 points, with the Reds’ closest challengers actually being Leicester.

Key decisions going against Liverpool include Jordan Henderson’s ‘winner’ in the Merseyside derby being chalked off while Brighton were awarded an injury-time penalty in another clash.

Aston Villa have also been badly hit with Dean Smith’s side climbing four places in the non-VAR table.

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The Sun add that there have been 65 changed decisions after 164 matches this term, with one every two-and-a-half games. In comparison, last season saw a decision changed every 3.49 fixtures.

Liverpool boss Klopp has previously hit out at VAR, saying: “We stop celebrating after goals and wait constantly, we have less than millimetre offside decisions and things like this, a lot of things are not like they were before that's the truth.

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“When it first came up the idea of VAR I was rather in favour of it to be honest, I thought right decisions would be nice if it could have right decisions, but I'm not sure we've all thought it through properly, and how long will it take to get a right decision?

“How much will that take away from the game we loved before? So it's all true but I don't have expectations about it.”

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