Richard Keys has sparked controversy with his unusual explanation for why Trent Alexander-Arnold's winning goal for Liverpool against Fulham was allowed to stand. In a thrilling match that saw the Reds come from behind twice, substitute Wataru Endō and vice-captain Alexander-Arnold scored late goals to secure a hard-fought 4-3 victory.

However, beIN Sport pundits Richard Keys, Andy Gray, Dwight Yorke, and former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer argued that there was a foul in the build-up to the fourth goal. The quartet claimed that Kostas Tsimikas unfairly challenged Bobby De Cordova-Reid, whose headed clearance fell to Alexander-Arnold.

McAteer stated: "I've got to admit, I thought there was (a foul). (Kostas) Tsimikas, the way he challenged, he didn't win the ball. He barged into the player. It's a brave call to disallow that, but for me, that's a foul." Yorke and Gray also agreed that it was a clear foul, pointing out the defender's position and the contact he received after clearing the ball.

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However, Keys offered a different perspective on the situation. He suggested that the goal was allowed because it was scored at the Kop end of Anfield. Keys stated: "It's only not a foul because it's at the Kop End."

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This claim raised eyebrows among fans and pundits alike, as it seemed to imply that the officials' decision was influenced by the famous atmosphere and fervent support from Liverpool fans at that end of the stadium. The introduction of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) has aimed to reduce errors and provide more accurate decisions. However, even with VAR, there is room for interpretation. says: It would have been harsh for Stuart Attwell to rule out the goal for a foul by Tsimikas. Having not given it in real time, the challenge was not a clear and obvious error and therefore the VAR decided not to get involved. As for the Kop End shout, well that's just lazy.


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