Klopp: Linesman wanted to be centre of attention

Date published: Sunday 4th February 2018 6:55

Jurgen Klopp was left enraged by the linesman after his late penalty decision in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Spurs.

Harry Kane’s 100th Premier League goal rescued a point for Tottenham with an added-time penalty after the striker had missed from the spot moments earlier.

In a dramatic finish the Premier League’s top scorer took his tally to 22 with virtually the last kick of the game after the visitors’ second controversially-awarded penalty in the final 10 minutes.

After Kane’s missed effort Liverpool thought they had snatched victory when Mohamed Salah scored an individually brilliant goal – his second of the game – with the clock well past 90 minutes only for Spurs’ England international to take his second chance.

In an enthralling game substitute Victor Wanyama had sparked the turnaround with a ferocious drive seconds after coming on.

It left the race for the top four exactly where it was with third-placed Liverpool two points ahead of their rivals, in fifth.

“It was clear two sides high quality both wanted to win desperately, but the result was massively influenced by linesman decisions. We have to take it, that’s how it is,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

“Did you ever hear? I am not allowed to go in their room until half an hour after. It was clear offside, unbelievable, I don’t know what they were discussing.

“Yes, Virgil van Dijk touches him, but we all know Lamela wants the touch and we all know they were so hard fouls in the first half and we didn’t get any fouls. That was the level for the game today, but then a situation in the last minute like that? Wow. He wanted to be middle of interest and he is.

“We had fantastic moments, we could have defended better, but we created a lot of chances. Big chances to be honest. But can you control the game against Tottenham for 90 minutes? I don’t think so, their quality is too high.

“It’s hard to accept all the decisions today.”

 


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