Chris Kavanagh awarded an Everton penalty which killed off Liverpool this evening – and he needed just five seconds to complete his pitch-side VAR review.
Everton, who hadn’t won at Anfield since 1999 prior to tonight, led 1-0 heading into the final 10 minutes of the game. With Liverpool pushing for an equaliser, you wondered if that slender lead would be enough to end the run.
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However, after Dominic Calvert-Lewin fell under challenge from Trent Alexander-Arnold in the penalty area, referee Chris Kavanagh pointed to the spot – even though it looked as though the Everton forward ran into his England teammate.
VAR recommended that Kavanagh headed to the pitch-side monitor to take a second look at the incident, which usually results in a decision reversal, which of course would have been good news for Jurgen Klopp.
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However, as you’ll see in the video below, Kavanagh needed just FIVE SECONDS before deciding that he had not made a mistake and opting to stick with his original decision. You get the feeling that will annoy Reds fans.
“I’m not sure what he’s supposed to do!?”
Dominic Calvert-Lewin runs over Trent Alexander-Arnold and Chris Kavanagh awards Everton a penalty! ?
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 20, 2021