Premier League officials have come under increasing fire in recent days following a string of wrong calls over VAR, and they once again felt the heat but this time from Liverpool after their draw on Sunday.
Throughout the affair, referee David Coote was very lenient in a number of his calls and the decision not to award a penalty to the Reds after Robertson was impeded by Johan Gudmundsson late in the second term led to an animated confrontation after the final whistle.
“How that’s not a penalty on me… What’s the point in having it [VAR]? What is the point in having you?” Robertson said at the start of the confrontation, as seen in an interesting behind-the-scenes look of the game from BT Sport.
“Wait until you see it. Wait until you go in and see that and you’ll go, ‘How the f*** is that not a penalty?'”
“Yous didn’t see f***ing anything. Yous didn’t see anything the whole game apart from f***ing booking him in the last minute.
“F*** me. What’s the point of having yous in the middle? What’s the point of having you? Eh? F*** me, honestly.”
And while Klopp would later usher Robertson away, he couldn’t help but make his stance known as he said: “Really bad, I have to say. We have to be honest.”
But the pair were not the first to air their grievances as Trent had already stressed the fact that the “contact echoed around the f***ing stadium!” should have been enough of a clue.
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“How the f*** was that not a foul on [Robertson] by the way? F*** me. If it’s not a penalty it’s a f***ing foul then. The contact echoed around the f***ing stadium!” Trent exclaimed.
And while they are free to assess how the referees officiated the game, Klopp’s side should have been well and truly out of sight at the point and only had themselves to blame for converting only one of their 23 shots on goal and leaving with just a solitary point.
But that very display of frustration, despite having already secured the Premier League title in record time, was one which was welcomed by fans:
Andy Robertson asking the existential questions we all have about the usefulness of referees. True philosopher.
— Baltimore Reds (@LFCBaltimore) July 11, 2020
Robbo is every single one of us. Love this. pic.twitter.com/UM5riE06Xz
— GaGs ?©? (@GagsTandon) July 11, 2020
League won but still fuming at end?love it???
— B088Y (@bobrady14) July 12, 2020
He’s absolutely right too, we were absolutely robbed of a penalty
— fionnteyssou (@fionnteyssou1) July 11, 2020