Jordan Henderson admits he “can’t really speak” as Liverpool captain “baffled” by VAR

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Jordan Henderson admitted he would face punishment from the Premier League if he gave his full thoughts on VAR as he blasted the decisions which saw Liverpool draw at Brighton.

VAR intervened to award Brighton an added-time penalty which Pascal Gross converted to bring the Seagulls level after Diogo Jota's opener.

Liverpool also saw two goals chalked off, as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were found to be offside in the build-up to their strikes.

The 1-1 draw on the south coast means the Reds will be knocked off the top of the Premier League when Chelsea face Tottenham on Sunday.

And captain Henderson had to choose his words carefully to avoid repercussions as he gave his verdict on VAR after the match.

Henderson was aghast with numerous VAR decisions
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"I can't really speak about it because I'll get myself in trouble," Henderson told BBC Sport . "If they're offside, you do the line thing, then what can you do?

"The third one, I don't know, it's not a penalty. You can think I'm biased but if you ask four or five or their lads they will say the same thing. They said it walking off the pitch.

"You feel as though there are a lot of decisions that go against you but that decision for me today is baffling."

Salah cut a frustrated figure after his goal was ruled out for a tight offside call
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Henderson even went so far as to say he would do away with VAR, adding: "I don't want to speak for anybody else but in my opinion I would. I just want to play football as normal.

"I saw Kevin De Bruyne saying in an interview they have changed so many rules we don't know what they are anymore. That for me is a big problem.

"We are talking about instances all the time and not the football. In my opinion I would rather play without it, yeah."

Gross' 93rd-minute penalty won the Seagulls a point after Andy Robertson was penalised for a foul by VAR
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Liverpool have been plagued by defensive injuries over the last two months, with Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold ruled out.

But Henderson claims his side can only continue battling to defend their Premier League crown in the absence of key personnel.

"The first half there were one or two things we could improve on," the 30-year-old said. "We maybe should have scored the second. Overall we have to be happy with the performance.

"The players have started a month later and playing all the competitions. It's no coincidence there are a lot of injuries.

"It is hard but I don't think it's going to change. You just have to get on with it. It is difficult. Just have to keep going.

"We have had a lot of injuries but a lot of teams have. You have to deal with it as best you can. We can talk about it now and off the field but when we cross the white line we give it everything. Unfortunately there are more injuries than normal."

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