LFC News: Ibou Konate fitness update and more VAR controversy

It was an action packed weekend surrounding Liverpool Football Club.
AC Sparta Praha v Liverpool FC: Round of 16 First Leg - UEFA Europa League 2023/24
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As we all catch our collective breath following an end-to-end drama filled Sunday that saw Liverpool and Manchester City play a hugely entertaining match to a 1-1 draw, the debate rages on as the result was not without controversy.

There is also an injury update for one of Liverpool's key players as Jurgen Klopp continues to battle fitness issues throughout his squad.

Let's jump into some of the biggest headlines and see what's happening around Liverpool.

Klopp gives positive update for Ibou Konate

Let's start with some good news as Klopp has given a good outlook for the Frenchman Ibrahima Konate as we look ahead to another big week of fixtures.

"Ibou has a chance for United. A good chance. Our injury situation is still awful, 11 players still unavailable. It's crazy."

He was of course referencing Sunday's FA Cup Quarterfinal showdown with Manchester United. Getting Konate fit and ready for that one will be a big boost to the side. However, the performances of Jarell Quansah have gone a long way to easing some of the burden.

Mark Clattenburg condemns VAR decision for non-penalty decision

Former Premier League referee Clattenburg, writing in his Daily Mail column, voiced concerns and slammed the decision to not award a penalty after Jeremy Doku planted his studs into the chest of an oncoming Alexis Mac Allister.

"Referees are making mistakes in matches and not being helped by their VARS. The ball bounces up. Alexis Mac Allister moves towards it. Jeremy Doku's foot is high. He catches Mac Allister in the chest."

He continued; "Outside of the box, this would have resulted in a free-kick, every day of the week. Just because it happened inside the box does not suddenly transform it into a clean challenge when Mac Allister might be left playing connect the dots on his chest."

VAR was created to avoid situations like this, but it seems like every week there is some questionable calls or no-calls coming from the studio and there is no regulation for any of it.

Wataru Endo takes a pragamatic approach to the City result

Endo put on a Man of the Match performance as he, alongside Alexis Mac Allister, absolutely bossed the midfield throughout Sunday's encounter with the Citizens.

While it's hard not to view this as points dropped if you look at the numbers, the Japan international is choosing to find the positives saying;

"The atmosphere was amazing. Of course I wanted to win for our fans, but the result was not too bad, I think. Second half, we had more chances than Man City, in my opinion. So yeah, we are disappointed about the result but we need to move forward."

He would continue; "Of course we could only score one, but the way we played, with how we created the chances, I think it was amazing. If we keep playing like we did, the results will come."

He was also full of praise for Mac Allister who also had a good shout for a Man of the Match award himself as Endo hailed his Argentine teammate "incredible".