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'It's a definite red' | Klopp frustrated at decision of Kane's challenge

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has lamented over the inconsistent refereeing decisions made by P...



'It's a definite red' | Klopp...
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'It's a definite red' | Klopp frustrated at decision of Kane's challenge

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp has lamented over the inconsistent refereeing decisions made by Paul Tierney during Liverpool's 2-2 draw away at Spurs. 

The Merseyside side went behind after Tottenham captain Harry Kane scored his second goal of the season.

Diogo Jota's header however levelled it for the visitors in the first half.

Andy Robertson then put Liverpool in the lead. But it was quickly cancelled out when Heung Min Son capitalised on an Alisson blunder to earn Spurs a point.

Inconsistencies

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Klopp took particular exception to Kane's challenge on Robertson in the 20th minute.

Kane, running at a sprint, clattered into the Scottish left-back and dashed away from the scene – before referee Tierney brought play back and booked the England skipper.

2HBEDRM Referee Paul Tierney shows a yellow card to Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane (centre) for a foul on Liverpool's Andrew Robertson (right) during the Premier League match at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London. Picture date: Sunday December 19, 2021.

Later on in the match, in the 76th minute, Robertson himself was then sent off for a similarly brash challenge.

"Robbo [Robertson] is a red card. It's not the smartest challenge of his life," says Klopp.

"But that's [Kane incident] a red card. There's no doubt about that. People will say 'Oh but his [Robertson] is in the air', but that's pure coincidence. If Robbo's leg is not in the air then it's a broken leg."

Robertson's challenge was brought more closely to the referee's attention by VAR – Kane's however was not – something Klopp posed back reporter Geoff Shreeves.

Jota penalty claim

The criticism didn't stop there however. Klopp also brought up another controversial decision not to award Liverpool a penalty after a challenge on Diogo Jota.

"He says [Tierney] that he stops on purpose. That's incredible. He had the best spot on the pitch. He was eight yards away and doesn't give it," Klopp says.

Klopp confronts Tierney

After the match, Klopp approached the referee and officials to express his frustrations even further.

Already booked in the first half, the German manager's voice was picked up by the cameraman's footage, where Klopp appeared to tell Tierney "I have no problems with referees. Only you."

Liverpool 2nd at Christmas

Saturday's draw with Spurs means Liverpool will be second at Christmas. That is the first time in four years that they haven't been top before the 25th.

In their place is Manchester City, who thumped Newcastle 4-0 in front of the St James Park faithful. Meanwhile, Chelsea's form continues to take a slip, with the Blues drawing blanks away at Wolves.

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