Where Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham finished in Premier League table without VAR
VAR continued to make a big impact on the Premier League last season.
There can be no doubt the use of the Video Assistant Referee has caused division across the Premier League over the last three years.
From its initial introduction ahead of the 2019/20 season, when the methods used caused frustration, through to last season when some big calls made a serious impact on some key matches throughout the campaign.
Many players, pundits and managers spoke out about VAR with Jurgen Klopp airing his forthright views after his Liverpool side fell to a 3-2 defeat at West Ham United during the first half of the campaign.
Speaking after Aaron Cresswell’s strong challenge on Jordan Henderson was deemed worthy of a yellow card, rather than the red many expected, the Reds boss said: “It’s a clear red card. Yes, he touched the ball but if it’s a reckless challenge it doesn’t matter if you touch the ball.
“You cannot go high up like that. There are too many things where it is ‘let’s see what VAR is saying’ and we have a problem with clear and obvious mistakes because whoever we have for VAR hides behind referees.
“This was a big problem for us today.”
Who knows if that decision could have made a difference to Liverpool’s title bid - but we can see what impact VAR has made on the final finishes of clubs around the Premier League as we look at where Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and their rivals ended up.