Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has accused referee Paul Tierney of getting an issue with him and claimed opposing striker Harry Kane might have damaged defender Andy Robertson’s leg throughout his facet’s 2-2 draw at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
Liverpool fell three factors behind leaders Manchester City after a pulsating conflict in north London in which Kane appeared lucky to keep away from a crimson card for clattering Robertson halfway by way of the primary half.
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Robertson was later despatched off for a equally reckless sort out on Emerson Royal and, in between, Liverpool had been denied a penalty when Emerson bundled over ahead Diogo Jota in the field.
Klopp was booked for arguing the penalty choice and continued his remonstrations with Tierney at half-time and after the match, in which Kane opened the scoring earlier than Jota and Robertson gave Liverpool the lead, just for Son Heung-Min to equalise 16 minutes from time.
“I have no idea what his [referee Paul Tierney] problem is with me,” Klopp informed reporters. “I was a bit more emotional in the game but he gives me a yellow card but it is not allowed in a situation like this? He comes over and gives me a yellow card but I’d have preferred the right decisions on the pitch.
“Let’s begin with Robbo. We noticed it now again and sure, you may give a crimson card there. It will not be the harshest ever however it’s not the neatest as properly. He is a very good boy however he misplaced it a bit of bit.
“But this is the proof that the VAR was there today. Before we thought he might not be in his office because the two other situations, I think we all agree that Harry Kane should have seen a red card and he didn’t.
“That is a transparent, completely 100-percent crimson card. Very typically, you can not see it clearly or no matter, however this example, if Andy Robertson’s foot continues to be on the bottom, his leg is damaged. I feel all of us agree on that. Luckily for each it was in the air. It continues to be a crimson card however the ref noticed it in a different way.
“The penalty situation, Mr. Tierney told me he thought Diogo Jota stopped on purpose. He wanted to get it. If you watch this situation back, it is a very exclusive view. It was a very quick decision. I’m not sure he was prepared for it or whatever.
“How can he react that fast? It was a transparent penalty however he thought it was clearly not a penalty. Wow. That is clearly two mistaken selections, I might say, and one proper. All three in opposition to us.”
While insisting he was happy for Sunday’s game to go ahead despite four positive COVID-19 cases that sidelined Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk and Curtis Jones, Klopp also urged the Premier League to be consistent in deciding which fixtures go ahead over the festive period.
“We are in contact with the Premier League, we inform them about our circumstances,” Klopp added. “In the primary occasion, we had three circumstances. Then, two days later, Thiago was constructive. The Premier League tells us these are just about one of the best numbers in the league.
“I saw Arsenal and Chelsea playing, they have for me their first line-up pretty much on the pitch. For us, that is not exactly the same.
“There was no probability with 4 yesterday to cancel a recreation and we had no intention to try this. It is hard. Absolutely robust.
“They looked fresher than us in the second half. It is an intense period. We have to make sure we all have the same chances, the same situation pretty much. It is difficult in that moment, I see that.”