'The worst thing ever brought into the game' - VAR controversy in Liverpool goals v Man City sends fans into a frenzy

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Liverpool and Manchester City's potential Premier League title shoot-out at Anfield on Sunday was overshadowed by yet more VAR controversy.

VAR complaints have been ever-present in the Premier League this year, and the game of the season so far was no different as Liverpool raced into an early 2-0 lead in controversial circumstances.

Fabinho fired a screaming shot from long range past stand-in goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, though celebrations were briefly muted for a VAR check on a potential penalty at the other end. Trent Alexander-Arnold had appeared to handle inside the penalty area as Sergio Aguero attempted to squeeze a ball through to Raheem Sterling, though Bernardo Silva may already have hand-balled earlier in the move.

Mohamed Salah doubled the lead soon after, with his goal also subject to a brief review for offside.

With VAR brought in to take such controversial moments out of the game, the responses to the incident were typically measured.

Former Premier League stars of Manchester and Merseyside alike had their say, with little consensus found.

At least some could see the funny side...

And while the watching public at home might have had their own views, those in the stands at Anfield of course had no way of knowning why the decisions were given.