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Liverpool boss Klopp refuses to give media VAR headline: Today I say...

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp refused to give the media a headline after their 1-1 draw with Brighton.

While skipper Jordan Henderson is calling for VAR to be scrapped from English football after Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane had goals ruled out - and Brighton were awarded a late penalty - Klopp refused to criticise the match officials.

He declared, "We are used to armpits. We have a toe today. It is how it is. I think the decisions were right.

"You try to create a headline. The ref whistled it. You try always, all the time. Today I say it wasn't a penalty. What do you want me to say? I said it was a penalty because the ref whistled it, after watching it.

"I couldn't be more proud of the boys for how they played today. We struggled a bit in the first half an hour with the new last line, because we didn't drop in the right time. We sorted that but in the second half we had some problems with energy. In the situations around the goals, we were brilliant. Mo's goal was a brilliant goal. Sadio's header was outstanding. All good, it's just tough times. That's how it is.

"Nat Phillips played an exceptional game, honestly. You always need a bit of luck to win a tough away game, but today we didn't have luck. I thought the front three played really well together."

On Mohamed Salah's reaction to being taken off, Klopp added: "If Mo is smiling when he leaves the pitch then something's wrong. We have to be careful, he doesn't like that, but that's it."

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