While the Premier League takes a pause for international fixtures, the atmosphere is far from calm on Merseyside.
Everton faced a major setback with an immediate 10-point deduction, a consequence of breaching the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules.
However, Everton swiftly expressed their shock and disappointment, deeming the ruling “wholly disproportionate and unjust.”
The club has decided to appeal the decision, adding another layer of intensity to the ongoing drama.
This season’s Premier League controversies have been predominantly centered around on-field matters, notably incidents involving VAR.
Liverpool, for instance, experienced the frustration of a legitimate goal being denied due to a ‘significant human error’ in their 2-1 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur.
Everton also had their share of VAR drama, with a contentious goal disallowed against Fulham in August.
The Merseyside derby saw VAR intervention as Liverpool earned a penalty from a handball, contributing to Mohamed Salah’s spot-kick goal and a late addition.
In light of the VAR involvements leading to goals being disallowed or awarded, including penalties, let’s explore how the Premier League table might shape up without the influence of this technology, factoring in the decisions made by VAR.
The altered table provides an intriguing perspective on the league standings as they currently stand.