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Reason the premier League will NOT adopt any new offside technology next season

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The “semi-automatic offside”, already used by FIFA and UEFA, will not be introduced in the Premier League next season.

A majority of Premier League clubs have voted against the introduction of a “semi-automatic offside system”, but there will be “four additional cameras in stadiums to assist VARs”, reports the Times.

The “semi-automatic” offside call system uses limb tracking technology to determine whether or not a player is offside.

It has been successfully adopted in the Champions League and World Cup, but will probably have to wait until at least 2024 before it can be used in the Premier League.

It is believed to be more accurate than the current system in English football, but “some insiders say it shouldn’t be considered infallible,” writes the Times’ chief sports journalist Martyn Ziegler. “However, the Premier League will continue to carry out non-live testing of the technology.”

Although the English top flight have decided not to introduce him, there will still be improvements next season.

The four new stadium cameras are intended to fix similar bugs to those that directly affected Liverpool last season.

When Arsenal beat the Reds 3-2  last October, Bukayo saw Saka offside ahead of Gabriel Martinelli’s opening goal, but VAR were unable to thoroughly verify this as he was out of sight cameras.

A similar situation with Liverpool occurred later in the season, with the Reds taking advantage when Matheus Nunes was found offside after Toti Gomes scored a goal against Liverpool which could have been Wolves’ victory. With the installation of four new cameras, a repeat of this scenario is highly unlikely.

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ECHO’s end-of-season ratings continue with an assessment of Luis Diaz’s injury-scarred campaign

Luis Diaz’s season at Liverpool can essentially be split into two halves.

The first period revolves around an electric winger who has been the Reds’ best player in the opening months of the Premier League campaign. As Jürgen Klopp’s side struggled to leave behind the looming specter of the previous 63 games,Diaz was one of the few whose efforts didn’t stop.

A superb solo effort at home to Crystal Palace in August saved 10-man Liverpool from an early defeat at Anfield before contributing two goals in a 9-0 win against Bournemouth later this month.

A superb strike was little more than consolation in a 4-1 defeat by Napoli at the start of September as he scored five goals in the first month of the season. However, a knee injury sustained in a tackle with Thomas Partey in a 3-2 loss to Arsenal on October 10 nearly ruined his season. After giving up his days off in favor of further rehabilitation work at the club’s AXA academy, Diaz looked set to return after Christmas after reporting on duty for the club’s mid-season trip to Dubai.

However, he collapsed during an early training session in the Middle East and was immediately flown back to undergo surgery on Merseyside, which effectively ruled him out for another three months.

“He’s not in the best possible shape [mentally], that’s clear,” Klopp told ECHO in Dubai after his side’s 3-1 loss to Lyon. “It was a big disappointment for all of us and for him too. Honestly, it was a no-brainer in training.

“And he heard something, he didn’t hear it much the next day, but we wanted to be very careful. the face… the face, but that’s all for now.”

In all, Diaz missed more than six months of football, finally returning to the squad in mid-April as a late substitute in Leeds’ 6-1 hammer blow at Elland Road. Two more cameos followed in wins over Nottingham Forest and West Ham before getting his first start in 203 days against Tottenham later this month.

It took Diaz just five minutes to reopen his account for the season, capably finishing a 2-0 cut in a wild game that ultimately finished 4-3 for the Reds. Three more starts came against Fulham, Leicester and Aston Villa, but there had long been acceptance that the Colombian international would not show his best form again until next season after a busy pre-season schedule.

There remains a big “what if” question regarding Diaz’s season. For too long deprived of a powerful offensive weapon, Liverpool had to regret their absence alongside Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino during a particularly difficult January.

If the former Porto winger had been fit all season, hopes in the top four might not have been so dashed, but now it’s his turn to get back to the kind of form he was happy to show before that setback at the Emirates. October. A perfectly fit Diaz will be vital to success next season.

End of season rating: 6

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