JURGEN KLOPP admitted Liverpool may have got lucky when VAR was unable to make an offside call, saving the Reds’ FA Cup skin.

Viewers across the country were left baffled after what would have been a late Wolves winner was ruled out by officials.

Wolves defender Toti flicked home Hwang Hee-chan’s shot and looked to have completed an impressive turnaround for the Midlands side.

But as he took his shirt off in wild celebrations the linesman had his flag up – even though NOBODY watching in the stadium, or on TV, could understand why.

Toti Gomes saw his goal ruled out for offside


Toti Gomes saw his goal ruled out for offsideCredit: Reuters
The Wolves defender took his shirt off and thought he'd scored the winner


The Wolves defender took his shirt off and thought he’d scored the winnerCredit: Getty
Julen Lopetegui was booked for protesting


Julen Lopetegui was booked for protestingCredit: Getty

After a lengthy VAR check, in which no camera angle showed a hint of an offside, the decision stood and the goal was chalked off.

The decision led to an angry reaction from Julen Lopetegui, who was booked for protesting.

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While the ITV commentators were also confused as to why the goal was disallowed.

Fans were equally as baffled on social media.

One said: “Being completely honest I have no idea why that 3rd Wolves goal has been disallowed? 🤯.”

A second admitted: “How @Wolves 3rd goal be disallowed when it was a clear goal. How VAR make such calls. Totally robbed.”

A third chimed in with: “Someone explain to me how that Wolves disallowed goal was offside please? I’m guessing his shadow was offside or summet?”

After the game, the ITV panel were informed that it wasn’t Gomes who had been penalised but an off-camera Matheus Nunes.


The Wolves midfielder had taken a corner and the assistant referee had ruled to be offside before his crucial second delivery into the box.

The lack of a definitive  camera angle meant referee Andy Madley and VAR official Mike Dean had to go with the on-field call of offside — and Liverpool were off the hook.

Kop boss Klopp admitted: “We have one picture where it may look offside, but I can understand why they are angry about it. We don’t want the VAR to just have one angle.”

Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui and skipper Ruben Neves went to the officials to try to get clarification on why it had been ruled out.

And they also wanted an explanation as to why  Liverpool’s second goal stood, when Mo Salah was in an offside position, as Toti headed a cross from debut boy Cody Gakpo straight to him.

According to the rules, had Toti just ignored the ball, Salah would have been ruled offside.

Lopetegui said: “The offside we had, we have seen it, and it doesn’t exist, I’m sorry. It’s impossible.

“The decision is wrong. I make mistakes every day, and sometimes they do too. Today we have the help of VAR, and it is a pity, because  it’s not offside. One player took advantage of his position, Salah was offside before Toti touched the ball, so he got an advantage.

“Toti, of course, is only going for it because of the offside player.”

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SunSport contacted competition organisers the FA last night to ask why VAR was not able to verify the controversial decision.

Refs expert Mark Halsey said: “The lack of camera angles here highlighted a flaw in the VAR system. We need consistency at all matches in all competitions.”

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