It's the inconsistency that winds me up. Only 2 games in we get a blatant hand ball turned down, we get a 'soft' pen and then a phoney red card. Sometimes the ref gets sent to the monitor, sometimes they don't. Could be VAR has in effect created the uncertainty.
I think the captains should have 1 appeal each (red card and penalties only). Just 1 regardless of whether you get the decision.The appeal goes to VAR.
Might've lost the pen but won on the red card.
The VAR didn't create anything. Not in this game anyway. He never does. What he does is step in to help the ref on the pitch, administer the rules regarding 4 types of decisions. With or without my red hat, there's no debate to be had over the penalty. And the ref on the pitch saw everything he needed to see regarding the other incident, he had a perfect view of it. There's no new evidence the VAR has available, so he's not going to step in. I was never worried about the result tbh, even with 10 men. A team with Solanke in it, is not a team that will carry much of a threat, or score many goals.
Great to return in residence, watching from the Main Stand for the first time since 2016, but there seemed to be something missing. The new stand is not even nearly ready, there was no camera behind the goal there for the first time since, I don't know. The atmosphere took a while to get going, maybe we the fans were just not ready for the new season yet.
I think most people thought Alisson was for the high jump after his latest distribution episode. It's very rare for a keeper to stay on after an incident outside the box. But the opponent going away from goal saved him. Great to see that Luis is still impactful enough, Mo set another new record, Endo make a solid start, and Szobozhlai run the show in midfield. I'm sure he'll do a much better job for us wearing that shirt, than it's last wearer.
So as usual, we win again with me around. We'll be as strong at home as ever. A few more away results compared to last season, and in terms of getting back to the European Cup, we'll have nothing to worry about.