Jurgen Klopp has complained about the amount of injury time added on following the VAR-ravaged first-half against West Brom on Saturday.
In total, the game was paused for over 7 minutes while referee Craig Pawson waited for VAR results having decided to go upstairs on three incidents.
On top of that, there were four goals scored and two substitutions – but there were only four minutes of extra time played at the end of the bizarre 45 minutes.
According to Klopp, this was a decision influenced by BT Sport – who were showing the game live.
“What I heard was that the actual extra time in the first half should have been 10 minutes. I heard that television said it’s not longer than four minutes,” he told the Echo.
“That is the situation, what can I say?” said the Reds boss. “Look, we are really used to accepting difficult things.
“You think ‘that’s right, that wrong’, you say it, nobody listens. You step back because you don’t want to be a bad loser or whatever.
“But that was the situation. I would not have spoken about it but that was the case.
“Look, every time we discuss something it is like ‘yes but we take the money from TV’.
“That is true, but at the end there should be a group of people – television, Premier League, Football League, all the clubs sitting together.
“The most important thing is the players and the game. That is how it is. All the rest we can deal with.
“I think a little bit more common sense would make sense. We cannot always use the excuse ‘yes, but we take the money’.”
BT Sport have denied having any influence, claiming it was purely a decision from the officials.
We probably think in reality the mistake in the injury time was more due to the fact that nobody had experienced VAR like that before.
The right decisions were made, but it ruined the game. The fans didn’t know what was going on and it badly affected the match’s rhythm.
We’re glad it’s not going to be used in the Premier League any time soon.