Sport WATCH: Watford equaliser offside?

02:50  13 august  2017
02:50  13 august  2017 Source:   Sky Sports

Mane making no excuses for Liverpool's draw at Watford

  Mane making no excuses for Liverpool's draw at Watford Jurgen Klopp felt Watford's late equaliser should not have counted, but winger Sadio Mane is not making any excuses for the 3-3 draw.Sadio Mane believes Liverpool deserved to beat Watford but is not making any excuses for his side dropping two Premier League points after Miguel Britos' late equaliser.

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"The equaliser was offside . It’s obvious because the linesman is on the line. He needs to see it. " Watford 's first goal (by Stefano Okada) was a good cross and a good run.

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Miguel Britos bundled home an injury-time effort to snatch a 3-3 draw for Watford against Liverpool – but should it have stood?

The Reds looked as though they had put all speculation and uncertainty over Philippe Coutinho's future to one side to win their opening Premier League clash - only for Britos to head home from point-blank range in the dying moments to seal a 3-3 draw.

However, the Watford defender seemed to be offside for the 93rd-minute goal from Nordin Amrabat's low cross from the right-wing by-line.

"We were unlucky in the end," Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said.

"The equaliser was offside. It's obvious because the linesman is on the line. He needs to see it."

Watch the goal at the top of the page and make up your own minds whether the goal should have stood.

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