Why was Liverpool’s goal against Leeds not disallowed by VAR?


An explanation has been provided for why Cody Gakpo’s goal against Leeds was allowed to stand despite Trent Alexander-handball Arnold’s in the build-up

Leeds were thrashed 6-1 at Elland Road by Liverpool, but they felt cheated by the manner in which they conceded the opening goal in the 35th minute.


Gakpo scored after being set up by Alexander-Arnold, who had two assists and flourished in his new midfield hybrid role.

However, the goal was marred by controversy because Alexander-Arnold clearly handled the ball when he stole it from Junior Firpo.

Salah then fed him down the right flank before squareing for Gakpo. Firpo was enraged, and the goal was ruled out by VAR.

Despite the fact that Alexander-Arnold appeared to move his arm towards the ball, the goal stood and Liverpool went ahead 1-0 despite the fans’ outrage.


Sky Sports reported that the VAR stated that the incident occurred “too long ago,” and on talkSPORT, commentator Sam Matterface stated that the incident occurred “too long ago.”

“It won’t be handball because it’s not the next direct action that leads to a goal and that happened way back in the build-up,” Matterface explained.

“Handball will be called if the player who scores touches it just before putting it in,” Matterface explained.

“The difference here is that once the referee has said play on, the VAR must believe there was a deliberate attempt by Trent Alexander-Arnold to play it… Accidental handball in that zone will not be penalized.”

The explanation, however, does not make sense given that Gakpo only made two passes before slotting the ball into an empty net at the far post.

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