REVEALED: Why Justin Kluivert was not sent off

Justin Kluivert’s challenge was a dangerous one on first viewing.

Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table as they defeated Bournemouth with four goals in the second half with two each from Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez.

The first half was a slow game with neither side rarely making any clearcut chances hence why it was goalless at half-time.

Even though it was not an eventful first half there was one big controversy as Justin Kluivert seemed to plant his studs in on Luis Diaz in a mistimed tackle.

It did not matter for Jurgen Klopp though as in the second half his side were all over the home side and Nunez opened the deadlock with a lovely finish with his right foot.

Jota got the second with a lethal strike at Neto’s near post whilst he then got another to seal the victory for The Reds as after his miss-kick he fired the ball into the bottom left corner.

Nunez then got his second of the day to allow the travelling fans to chant his name for the remainder of injury time as he got on the end of Joe Gomez’s cross.

Thankfully for Liverpool Kluivert was not too much of a threat to their defence in the second half because if he was there would have been an uproar as the argument would have been he should have seen red.

Why Justin Kluivert was not sent off for Bournemouth

VAR did not intervene for the challenge on Diaz even though it was very similar to the red card get Curtis Jones got against Tottenham Hotspur.

According to James Pearce VAR did check Kluivert on Diaz in the first half and it was deemed not to be a dangerous challenge so no red card.

It was Paul Tierney who was the video assistant referee and after viewing the tackle he thought that there was no need for Andrew Madley to go over to the screen to see it again.

Kluivert was eventually brought off after 69 minutes for David Brooks who had a fantastic chance to get a goal back for Bournemouth when he was put through one on one with Alisson Becker but he chipped the ball wide.

Liverpool limited Bournemouth to few chances whilst Diaz was ok after the poor tackle by Kluivert however Curtis Jones went down and had to be taken off with seven minutes left which will be a concern for Klopp.

He will be hoping that Jones is ok as Liverpool have a quick turnaround as they have another game on Wednesday which is the second-leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Fulham.

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