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VAR The Real Star Of Insane Liverpool vs West Brom First-Half

VAR The Real Star Of Insane Liverpool vs West Brom First-Half
By Arthur James O'Dea Updated

After Monday's dispiriting defeat to Swansea City, Liverpool will have looked to this evening FA Cup 4th round tie with West Bromwich Albion as an opportunity to regain their senses.

Having disposed with Tony Pulis a few weeks ago now, Alan Pardew's appointment had scarcely had the desired effect just yet.

A slower and steadier sense of progression than the West Brom board will have likely desired, this cup-tie was anything but.

One player Pardew looks set to struggle to keep hold of is former Manchester United man, Jonny Evans. However, as Roberto Firmino put the hosts Liverpool ahead, that price may have dropped a little.

A wonderful finish from Firmino instigated a few minutes of absolute mayhem.

Reminiscent of Wayne Rooney's delicate chip against Portsmouth in the FA Cup many years ago, Liverpool, being Liverpool, held the lead for all of about 70 seconds - Jay Rodriguez capitalising on a bit of confusion in the Liverpool back-line this time.

The equaliser appeared to shake Liverpool, and, sure enough, Rodriguez was on hand once more to give West Brom an unlikely lead with only 11 minutes on the clock.

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Then, things really started to turn weird however.

Enter, VAR!

After Craig Dawson had appeared to put West Brom 3-1 ahead with a headed effort from a corner, Craig Pawson decided another look was required.

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Sure enough, Gareth Barry was adjudged to be offside and the goal was ruled out.

However, Liverpool's man of the match thus far wasn't finished, and VAR was again called upon to decided upon a contentious issue that Pawson was thought to have missed.

After an agonisingly dull 3 minutes or so waiting for Pawson to decide upon his decision, it was eventually decided that Liverpool were to be awarded a penalty - from potentially being 3-1 down, VAR was seemingly going to leave Liverpool at 2-2.

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Until, of course, Roberto Firmino hit the bar.

You can watch the whole event pan out below.

Almost incredibly, that wouldn't be it either.

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A shambolic bit of defending allowed West Brom defy a shaky back-line and get in for that third-goal eventually.

After another minute or two consultation with the VAR for a potential offside in the build up, the goal was allowed.

Although Liverpool would pull one back through Salah in the second-half, for the third year in succession, Jurgen Klopp's side bow out in the fourth round.

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