Liverpool Faces Surprise Europa League Loss to Toulouse: VAR Controversy Strikes
VAR Denies Liverpool’s Last-Minute Equalizer
A contentious VAR decision in the 7th minute of added time denied Liverpool a stoppage-time equalizer. Jarell Quansah’s goal to level the score at 3-3 was ruled out after Alexis Mac Allister was judged to have handled the ball. Despite on-field celebrations by Liverpool and protests from Toulouse, VAR determined that Mac Allister had made contact with the ball with his arm earlier in the move.
Toulouse Impresses and Takes the Lead
Toulouse delivered an impressive performance, securing a 2-0 lead through goals from Aron Donnum and Thijs Dallinga. Liverpool managed to pull one back with an own goal from Cristian Casseres Jr, but Frank Magri extended Toulouse’s lead. A late goal from substitute Diogo Jota raised hopes for Liverpool, but VAR’s intervention ultimately denied them a crucial point.
Lackluster Liverpool and VAR Controversy
Despite Toulouse’s position as the 14th team in Ligue 1, just above the relegation play-off places, they outperformed Liverpool, who had previously won 5-1 in the reverse fixture. The loss adds to the recent controversies involving VAR, making it a turbulent week for football officiating.
Klopp’s Changes and Struggle for Form
Jurgen Klopp made nine changes to Liverpool’s starting XI, including notable players like Dominik Szoboszlai, Mohamed Salah, and Trent Alexander-Arnold on the bench. However, Liverpool struggled to find their form, with Toulouse taking the lead through a mistake by Kostas Tsimikas.
Although Liverpool mounted a comeback with goals from Magri and Jota, the disallowed equalizer marked a disappointing end for the Premier League side. Despite the loss, Liverpool remains well-placed in Group E, needing one more victory from their remaining two pool matches to advance to the play-off round in February. The match joins the list of recent VAR-related controversies, highlighting the ongoing debates and challenges in football officiating.