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VIDEO: Carragher gives linesman relief with VR display of Chelsea equalizer

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Jamie Carragher may have not meant to do it, but the longtime Liverpool man successfully argued the case for Video Assistant Referee on Monday.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Carragher used the VAR without the A — virtual reality — to show why the linesman was unlikely to catch a yards-offside Cesar Azpilicueta in Chelsea’s comeback win over Cardiff City on Sunday.

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The loss may well cost Cardiff City its place in the Premier League, but the linesman would’ve been forced to stay on the end line for the attempt and — apparently — would’ve understandably had his line of sight blocked by Willian‘s dome.

It’s fascinating stuff. Well done, Sky and Jamie.

And Neil Warnock, you should still be angry. The eye in the sky wouldn’t have lied.

Jamie Carragher suspended as pundit

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Sky Sports have suspended pundit Jamie Carragher at least until the end of the current season.

The Liverpool legend was filmed spitting at a car of Manchester United fans after Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to their bitter rivals last Saturday.

Carragher has since apologized profusely for his actions after the video was published by the Daily Mirror in the UK.

He was filmed by a Man United fan who was driving alongside him on the highway and chucking banter his way about United’s win. Carragher then leaned out of the window and spat at the car, hitting the 14-year-old daughter of the driver filming the incident.

The former European champion, who spent his entire career at Liverpool, is one of Sky’s lead pundits alongside Gary Neville but Carragher didn’t feature on their broadcast of Stoke versus Manchester City on Monday after video of the incident emerged.

Here is the statement from Sky on Carragher’s future.

“Jamie has taken full responsibility for what has happened and we will ensure he gets the help he needs to guarantee something like this never happens again. Before the start of the next season we will sit down with Jamie to discuss whether he is ready to return to his role.”

Carragher slams invisible Sturridge: “It’s like playing with 10 men”

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There’s no doubt about it: the modern game, and the ways in which we discuss it, are extremely harsh on strikers.

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With so many sides the world over opting for a system that deploys a lone striker — often times completely isolated and facing two central defenders — goals are harder and harder to come by for these leading men. When the rest of the team does their part, though, shouldering the goal-scoring load, all is well in the world.

When the necessary service isn’t there, and those few-and-far-between chances aren’t converted, the hours and day following a crushing defeat are an absolute nightmare for strikers. Take, for example, Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge, who on Wednesday had one clear-cut look at goal in Liverpool’s EFL Cup semifinals defeat to Southampton, and fired it well over the crossbar. After the game, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher declared open season on Sturridge — quotes from the Telegraph:

“When he plays and he doesn’t score you’re basically down to 10 men because he doesn’t offer anything else. The only reason to have him in the team is for finishing ability. He doesn’t do anything else in the game now.”

“He’s had a really poor night and usually he finishes that. He’s a completely different player now to what he was when he first came under Brendan Rodgers. He used to give you penetration in behind and he had pace.

“I don’t know whether his pace has completely gone, or he’s worried about injuries — but his pace has gone. All he does is come to feet now.”

This has always been the knock on Sturridge — that he’s blindingly brilliant on his day, but a total passenger when he’s not getting goals. There’s also the “when he’s healthy” caveat, by which point you begin to wonder whether or not Sturridge can be counted on as the leading man for a title-contending team. (Remember: in 2013-14, he played second fiddle to Luis Suarez.)

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In truth, Sturridge seems a poor fit for Jurgen Klopp‘s high-pressing, counter-attacking system which requires a high level of work rate from all 10 outfield players. Any decent coach — which Klopp has proven himself, clearly — will alter his system in order to get the very best out of a transcendent player, but with each passing performance, Sturridge seems less and less that level of player.

“Best Hater” trophy for Carragher shows Balotelli’s banter game is in-form

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Please, please, please be relevant again, Mario Balotelli.

The mercurial if not petulant striker has struggled to produce in his last two seasons, with Liverpool and Milan, and has earned the ire of many a soccer fan.

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Now at Nice and hoping to thrive, Balotelli has responded to criticism from the ex-Liverpool defender in the best way possible: with classic “Finally Mario” style.

Here’s Carragher’s Tweet, followed by Balotelli’s fabulous reply (He’s pictured above playing in charity game for Carragher).

The Italian striker’s Tweet has a “Best Hater” trophy that features a Balotelli-mirror selfie in the trophy. Whether you like Balotelli or not, he’s got a cutting edge in humor.

Thierry Henry urges Arsenal to sign a striker, center mid before transfer deadline

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Tick tock, Arsene, the clock is ticking.

That seems to be the message from legendary Arsenal winger/striker Thierry Henry to Arsene Wenger as the 2015 summer transfer window inches closer and closer.

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Following the Gunners’ 0-0 home draw against Liverpool on Monday, Henry was quick to criticize and urge into action his former manager whose side is, in Henry’s opinion, still a couple of key signings away from competing for this year’s Premier League title.

Henry, on Arsenal’s transfer needs, speaking on UK television network Sky Sports:

“I think it is going to be a massive week — are they going to buy someone up front or in the middle of the park? They were missing a lot of players tonight. They still need a holding midfielder and they still need a striker. We have been saying it since the beginning of the season.”

Wenger, who elected to start a fellow Frenchman Olivier Giroud — of whom Henry has been highly critical in the past — at center forward and leave the smaller, speedier Theo Walcott on the bench until the 73rd minute, has further options in three of the four attacking positions with Danny Welbeck said to be returning from injury soon. For a new striker to arrive, one of the three already at the club would likely have to leave. Don’t forget, Alexis Sanchez can play the position, too.

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As for the midfield, there’s Aaron Ramsey — whose 2013-14 season was world-class in quality, but regressed a fair bit in 2014-15 — 33-year-old Mikel Arteta, 34-year-old Tomas Rosicky (currently out injured), 31-year-old Mathieu Flamini (starting to see the pattern here?), 24-year-old revelation Francis Coquelin and the often-out-for-three-months Jack Wilshere.

There’s also the sometimes-unreliable Arsenal defense, which, like the unit one line ahead of it, seems woefully undermanned, particularly in the center. With Per Mertesacker (illness) and Laurent Koscielny (back injury) unavailable Monday, Gabriel Paulista, who only signed for Arsenal in January, and Calum Chambers, who’s 20 years old and played mostly right back in his first season with the Gunners, manned the center of defense against Liverpool. They were, to put it nicely, all out of sorts in the first half.

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For what it’s worth, Henry’s on-air colleague and Liverpool legend Jaime Carragher backed Henry’s assessment and insisted Wenger needs to splash the cash before next Tuesday, Sept. 2.

“They are so close, Arsenal. They are not far away. But they’ve only signed one player, Petr Cech, who is a big improvement in goal, as we saw that tonight.

“Why hasn’t [Wenger] bought that central midfield player? We say it is a big week but he has had this problem for three years. He is not all of a sudden going to wake up tomorrow morning and say, ‘I want this player’.”