Is it really LiVARpool? How the Premier League table would look without VAR ahead of gameweek 14

Will there be more VAR controversy in the Premier League this weekend?

Last weekend, Liverpool maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the table thanks to a 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace, but things could’ve been different if VAR didn’t cancel out an opening goal for the hosts.

Crystal Palace had a goal controversially disallowed
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James Tomkins thought he had given Palace the lead heading into the interval, only to have the goal chalked off after Jordan Ayew was adjudged to have fouled Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren in the build-up.

Speaking on Sky Sports, pundit Paul Merson said: “It looks like Lovren has been shoved over, but I would have given the goal.

“This is just ridiculous. He was nowhere near the ball.”

He added: “Shall we give Liverpool the league now?”

Kevin Friend disallows Crystal Palace’s first goal following VAR intervention
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Shortly afterwards, ‘LiVARpool’ began trending on Twitter as fans slammed the new system’s supposed bias towards the league leaders.

However, if VAR didn’t exist and no goals were overturned this season, the Reds would still be top of the pile.

We’ve analysed how the Premier League would look by taking the on-field decision with every goal, and here are the results…

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20. Southampton – 6 points

Real position = 19 | Real points = 9

19. Watford – 8 points

Real position = 20 | Real points = 8

18. Norwich – 10 points

Real position = 18 | Real points – 10

17. Crystal Palace – 13 points

Real position = 13 | Real points = 15

16. Tottenham – 13 points

Real position = 10 | Real points = 17

VAR has caused controversy throughout the Premier League season thus far
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15. Newcastle – 15 points

Real position = 14 | Real points = 15

14. Everton – 15 points

Real position = 16 | Real points = 14

13. Brighton – 15 points

Real position = 12 | Real points = 15

12. Bournemouth – 15 points

Real position = 11 | Real points = 16

11. West Ham – 16 points

Real position = 17 | Real points = 13

Rice had a goal correctly ruled out by VAR in the 3-2 defeat to Tottenham on Saturday, but it was originally given by the on-field officials, therefore West Ham and Spurs get a point each from that game in this table
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10. Aston Villa – 16 points

Real position = 15  Real points = 14

9. Manchester United – 17 points

Real position = 9 | Real points = 17

8. Burnley – 18 points

Real position = 7 | Real points = 18

7. Arsenal – 19 points

Real position = 8 | Real points = 18

6. Sheffield United – 21 points

Real position = 6 | Real points = 18

McBurnie’s last-gasp equaliser against Man United stood despite a lengthy VAR check after the ball brushed his shoulder

5. Wolves – 23 points

Real position = 5 | Real points = 19

4. Leicester – 26 points

Real position = 2 | Real points = 29

3. Chelsea – 27 points

Real position = 4 | Real points = 26

2. Manchester City – 30 points

Real position = 3 | Real points = 28

1. Liverpool – 35 points

Real position = 1 | Real points – 37

How the Premier League table would look without VAR
How the Premier League table actually looks

 

Will there be more VAR controversy in the Premier League this weekend? Last weekend, Liverpool maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the table thanks to a 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace, but things could’ve been different if VAR didn’t cancel out an opening goal for the hosts. James Tomkins thought he had given […]

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