The introduction of VAR was one of the biggest talking points of the campaign prior to the current suspension, but now controversy over the technology has rightly dimmed.
For Liverpool, of course, it had already become a small matter due to the margin of their lead at the Premier League‘s summit, with 25 points separating them and City.
But according to ESPN, an ‘Anti-VAR’ table would still see the Reds establish a significant gap between themselves and the chasing pack.
Research by Thomas Curran of the London School of Economics has determined that Liverpool only gained two points from VAR overturns this season, leaving them with 80 in their alternate table.
The Premier League table without VAR decisions.
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The shape of the relegation battle would change slightly, with Aston Villa moving out of the bottom three as Brighton take their place, while West Ham step away from the drop zone emphatically to 13th.
ESPN note that one of the games in which VAR hindered Liverpool was the 1-1 draw away to United in October, with an accidental handball by Sadio Mane ruling out his first-half strike.
This, in turn, aided United, which highlights how VAR has impacted the Premier League this season, for better or worse.
But Liverpool’s place at the top of both tables proves that Jurgen Klopp‘s side have been undeniably and unstoppably strong in 2019/20—and dispels the LiVARpool myth.