April 19, 2021

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Liverpool would be just ONE point off the Champions League places if VAR wasn’t in place this season

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Liverpool would be just one point adrift of the Champions League spots if VAR wasn’t in use this season, an explosive study has found.

The controversial technology, now in its second season in the Premier League, has angered supporters up and down the country after a string of bizarre decisions.

The champions have endured an especially frustrating campaign – and now have further cause for grievance with VAR intervention an apparent factor behind their shock plummet down the table.

Liverpool would be one point adrift of the Champions League spots without VAR this season

Liverpool would be one point adrift of the Champions League spots without VAR this season

GiveMeSport have compiled new Premier League standings with VAR completely removed from the equation.

Having analysed the overturned decisions in every fixture for all 20 teams, the outlet has worked out the outcome and then updated their own standings.

And in a competition absent of VAR chaos, Liverpool would be sat in fifth and agonisingly within touching distance of breaking into the top four. 

The champions would gain two extra points - moving them within touching distance of fourth

The champions would gain two extra points – moving them within touching distance of fourth

PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE WITHOUT VAR
Standings Points Points difference Position difference 
1. Manchester City 65
2. Manchester United  51 
3. Chelsea  46  -1  +1 
4. Leicester  46  -4  -1 
5. Liverpool  45  +2  +2 
6. Tottenham  43  +1  +2 
7. Everton  43  -3  -2 
8. Aston Villa  41  +2  +1 
9. West Ham  39  -6  -3 
10. Arsenal  38  +1 
11. Leeds United  36  +1 
12. Wolves  35  +1 
13. Crystal Palace  33  -1 
14. Brighton  30  +4  +2 
15. Southampton  30  -1 
16. Newcastle  26  +1 
17. Burnley  25  -4  -2 
18. Fulham  22  -1 
19. West Brom  17 
20. Sheffield United  12  -2 

Leicester, who have once again caught the eye in their bid to break into the Champions League, would lose four points and fall into fourth – allowing a rejuvenated Chelsea to leapfrog them on goal difference.

As for the title race, Manchester City and Manchester United’s points totals would remain unchanged, meaning the leaders stay 14 points clear. 

The complexion in the race for the Europa League would also look drastically different without VAR.

Leicester have picked up four points due to VAR this year to aid their Champions League hopes

Leicester have picked up four points due to VAR this year to aid their Champions League hopes

Jose Mourinho's Tottenham would jump up two places, into sixth, due to having an extra point

Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham would jump up two places, into sixth, due to having an extra point

Tottenham would rocket two places higher, into sixth, due to an extra point – and Everton would drop into seventh, having won three points due to the technology.

The fascinating findings have also unveiled the top flight’s biggest beneficiaries of VAR: West Ham. 

David Moyes’ high-flyers would drop a staggering six points and fall down three spots into ninth.

Down the bottom of the table, meanwhile, Brighton would have pulled clear of the relegation dogfight. 

West Ham, VAR's biggest beneficiaries this campaign, would drop six points and fall into ninth

West Ham, VAR’s biggest beneficiaries this campaign, would drop six points and fall into ninth

Relegation-threatened Brighton would have pulled further clear of the dogfight without VAR

Relegation-threatened Brighton would have pulled further clear of the dogfight without VAR

The south coast outfit have earned four more points, putting them eight points clear of the dreaded dotted line. 

The battle to avoid the drop would notably be much closer, too. Burnley would be forced to sacrifice four points, dropping them just three points above Fulham in 17th.

That would see Newcastle move into 16th, although their points total stays the same.

To compound Sheffield United’s misery at the foot of the table, they would lose two points without VAR, leaving them 13 points off safety.

VAR chaos has struck in Liverpool's clashes with Leicester as controversy continues to strike

VAR chaos has struck in Liverpool’s clashes with Leicester as controversy continues to strike

Liverpool would appear to have every right to feel aggrieved with VAR.  

A whole host of decisions went against Jurgen Klopp’s men in their defeat by Southampton – with no less than three VAR calls, including two penalty shouts.

A chalked off winner in the last minute of the Merseyside derby, with Sadio Mane judged to have been fractionally offside, is another incident of note.

The Reds suffered defeat at Leicester earlier this season, and VAR played a drastic role in that showdown. 

Leicester's controversial leveller against Liverpool had been given despite a potential offside

Leicester’s controversial leveller against Liverpool had been given despite a potential offside

James Maddison netted a controversial leveller at the King Power, with VAR confusion then ensuing and the goal standing despite a potential offside.

Leicester’s good fortunes with VAR have stretched out across the course of the campaign.

A Chelsea penalty, awarded for Jonny Evans’ foul on Christian Pulisic, was confirmed to have been outside the box, with a free-kick then given instead. 

VAR also cancelled an Arsenal spot-kick earlier this season – although another one was awarded just 30 minutes after.

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