Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp looks resigned to losing Emre Can

And although it eventually led to the correct decisions being made, the time it took - with nearly four minutes elapsing between Mohamed Salah being fouled and Craig Pawson awarding a penalty which Roberto Fimino missed - left supporters and players on all sides angry and frustrated.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted that the Reds must come out fighting for the next game against Huddersfield after two poor back-to-back defeats in the Premier League and FA Cup have seen the club's recent positive momentum grind to a complete halt.

"It's obvious what we did wrong in these situations". Once referee Craig Pawson started to use the technology it seemed he could not stop with several incidents leading to long and frustrating delays for fans and players alike as the new system is receiving a trial in English cup competitions this season.

The new video assistant referee system came of age in a dramatic fourth-round tie at Anfield, with the on-field review system used for the first time in England.

"The third one was unbelievable, it's really easy to defend, you only have to push up and Dawson is offside".

"That's not how defending should be". Then we don't use the chamce with the penalty, which can happen, of course. It must be offside. In his post-match interview, Klopp said that West Brom were deserving winners. That was then followed by an embarrassing home loss against West Brom in the cup.

Alex Pritchard made his first Premier League start for Huddersfield against Stoke last time out
Alex Pritchard made his first Premier League start for Huddersfield against Stoke last time out

The decision for the Liverpool penalty took around four or five minutes - but there was seemingly not enough added time played. "In the second half we showed character". "We chased the game and scored a little bit too late". Things then got even better as Van Dijk capped his debut with the victor against Everton in the FA Cup. "Obviously they remembered the good performances here than we did and at the end they appreciated that we at least tried to sort our problems".

"If you're a Liverpool fan or a West Brom fan, there's no communication from the referee to us, like in the NFL".

"Long ball, we win the first one, open ball and we lose that challenge when we could have shot it anywhere, the stand or wherever", he said of the build-up to the equaliser.

Pawson disallowed a first-half Craig Dawson effort that would have put West Brom 3-1 up after Premier League official Andre Marriner ruled from a London office that Gareth Barry had strayed offside.

West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez left Liverpool with glowing praise from Steven Gerrard ringing in his ears but admits he can not afford to think about a World Cup call-up this summer.

  • Julie Sanders