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'I just want to play football as normal,' says Liverpool skipper Henderson.

Liverpool captain would scrap VAR if he could do so.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson [Getty]
Jordan Henderson in action against Brighton [Getty]

Scotland defender Andy Robertson caught Danny Welbeck in the box late on and after a VAR check, referee Stuart Attwell awarded the hosts a penalty which Gross scored as both sides shared the spoils.


FT: Brighton 1-1 Liverpool


Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson expressed his disappointment at how his side failed to secure a win against Brighton at the Amex stadium.


The England midfielder was pleased with the Reds’ all-round performance on Saturday afternoon but admitted “there were one or two things we could improve on“ in the first half against the Seagulls.


Portugal international Diogo Jota continued his fine form as he broke the deadlock in the 60th minute, but the hosts didn’t give up and got their reward in the dying minute through Pascal Gross, who levelled up the score from the penalty spot after VAR confirmed Danny Welbeck was fouled by left-back Andrew Robertson.


While speaking to BBC’s Match of the Day, Henderson said: "The first half there were one or two things we could improve on. We maybe should have scored the second. Overall we have to be happy with the performance.


"The players have started a month later and playing all the competitions. It's no coincidence there are a lot of injuries. It is hard but I don't think it's going to change. You just have to get on with it. It is difficult. Just have to keep going.

"We have had a lot of injuries but a lot of teams have. You have to deal with it as best you can. We can talk about it now and off the field but when we cross the white line we give it everything. Unfortunately there are more injuries than normal.


On VAR decisions, he responded: "I can't really speak about it because I'll get myself in trouble. If they're offside, you do the line thing, then what can you do? The third one, I don't know, it's not a penalty. You can think I'm biased but if you ask four or five or their lads they will say the same thing. They said it walking off the pitch. You feel as though there are a lot of decisions that go against you but that decision for me today is baffling.


When asked if it would be a good idea to scrap VAR? Henderson said: "I don't want to speak for anybody else but in my opinion I would. I just want to play football as normal. I saw Kevin de Bruyne saying in an interview they have changed so many rules we don't know what they are anymore. That for me is a big problem. We are talking about instances all the time and not the football. In my opinion I would rather play without it, yeah."



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