WATCH: Fabinho survives red card VAR call despite HORROR challenge on Ferguson in Liverpool's loss to Brighton
- Fabinho challenged Ferguson high from behind
- VAR check deemed yellow sufficient
- Brighton went on to score late winner
WHAT HAPPENED? The 18-year-old received thorough treatment from the Brighton medical staff and, despite getting back to his feet, was unable to play any further part. Despite Fabinho immediately showing remorse and almost expecting a red card to come his way after a lengthy VAR check, the video assistant stuck with the on-field decision of a booking from David Coote, with Ferguson substituted for Deniz Undav on 89 minutes.
🗣 "I can't understand how the VAR referee can say that isn't a red... it's a terrible challenge! You can see from the player's reaction - he knows it's a red and he's just waiting to be sent off."— ITV Football (@itvfootball) January 29, 2023
Fabinho was booked for this foul - should he have been sent off? pic.twitter.com/tqRjWMs5xl
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Despite arguably being fortunate to still have 10 men on the pitch, Liverpool couldn't take advantage in the dying embers. Things went from bad to worse when Japanese starlet Kaoru Mitoma scored a magnificent solo effort on 92 minutes, sealing a 2-1 victory for Brighton and sending the FA Cup holders home in the fourth round of the tournament.
WHAT NEXT FOR LIVERPOOL? While Brighton's fine form continues, Jurgen Klopp's side floundered once again, and the German will be hoping for a reaction from his side when they travel to Wolves in the league on Saturday.