sport news Klopp backs his defence and points finger at VAR after win over Sheffield United

'We were on the wrong end of another decision': Jurgen Klopp backs his defence and points finger at VAR as Liverpool continue to concede in the wake of Virgil van Dijk's injury  Liverpool returned to Premier League action without star man Virgil van Dijk  The Dutchman has been ruled out for around eight months with ACL damage  Jurgen Klopp defended his side after a narrow 2-1 victory over Sheffield United  Diogo Jota scored the winner after Liverpool conceded an early penalty kick 

By Danny Gallagher For Mailonline

Published: 23:59 BST, 24 October 2020 | Updated: 23:59 BST, 24 October 2020

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Jurgen Klopp stuck up for his defence after they faced some awkward moments in Liverpool’s first Premier League game without Virgil van Dijk.

Klopp disputed the penalty decision that gave Sheffield United an early lead following Fabinho’s challenge on Oli McBurnie and threatened a major upset at Anfield.

Though Liverpool came back to win 2-1, Fabinho – a converted midfielder – was given a tough time alongside by McBurnie, particularly in the air, adding to the debate whether the champions need to sign another centre-half in January.

Jurgen Klopp has pointed the finger at VAR after Liverpool were again dealt a tough decision

Jurgen Klopp has pointed the finger at VAR after Liverpool were again dealt a tough decision

‘It was clear it was a challenge to win the ball,’ said Klopp about the 13th-minute decision which was initially given outside the box by referee Mike Dean before VAR ruled it had taken place

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