Liverpool legend John Aldridge believes VAR official Paul Tierney should be axed after failing to overturn Alexis Mac Allister’s red card against Bournemouth. The World Cup winner was shown a straight red by referee Thomas Bramall on Saturday following a late challenge on Ryan Christie as his first Anfield Premier League outing ended in disaster.
Thankfully the Reds were able to hold onto the three points after Diogo Jota added a third for the home side but now there has been some more positive news for Jurgen Klopp.
That’s because Mac Allister will now be fit for Sunday’s trip to Newcastle after Liverpool’s appeal was successful with the Football Association.
But Aldridge doesn’t believe this should be the last of it as he urged PGMOL to take action against Tierney, who has a history with aggravating Klopp.
Aldridge told the Liverpool Echo: “Paul Tierney was the man in charge of VAR for the game and it is well-documented we have experienced a number of issues with him in the past.
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“The fact Tierney has watched that tackle back and believed there was no need to change the on-field decision is remarkable.
“Football players and managers are punished for mistakes they make, so why should Premier League officials get away with committing errors that can have such an impact on how games pan out? Tierney should be taken off duty for the upcoming weekend.”
Back in May, Klopp received a two-match ban for comments he made about referee Tierney after Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Tottenham at the end of last season.
Klopp had suggested that Tierney had “something against” the Reds following the dramatic seven-goal thriller.
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The German also received a £75,000 fine for the remark and this was Tierney’s first involvement in a Liverpool match since those events.
Regardless of the availability of Mac Allister, new signing Wataru Endo could be handed his first start at St James’ Park.
The industrious Japan international came off the bench following Mac Allister’s red card to make his Liverpool debut following his transfer from Stuttgart.
Endo could potentially be deployed at the base of midfield while Cody Gakpo could battle Jota for the central striking role.
Mac Allister said on Instagram after his disappointing Anfield debut: “Yesterday I was able to make my dream come true by playing at Anfield as a Liverpool player. It was amazing.
“It wasn’t the match that I expected but we were able to succeed as a team giving the best we had.
“I would like to give special thanks to my team mates for the great effort and the fans for their constant support.”
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