EPL: Furious Klopp Blasts Linesman Over ‘Influenced’ Result
A furious Jurgen Klopp has posited that Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham in the English Premier League on Sunday was influenced by poor officiating.
Two poor calls by one of the linesmen saw referee Jon Moss award two penalties to Spurs, one of which was converted by Harry Kane in a dramatic game at Anfield.
After Victor Wanyama equalised for Tottenham with 10 minutes left to cancel out Mohamed Salah’s early opener, Moss and his linesmen took centre stage.
First, Tottenham were awarded a penalty kick for Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius’s foul on Kane, even though Klopp felt the England star was offside.
Kane’s spot-kick was saved by Karius and when Salah put Liverpool ahead in stoppage-time, Klopp must have felt justice was done.
But in the final seconds, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk nudged over Erik Lamela and Moss gave another penalty kick, with Kane this time converting from the spot.
Klopp was angry as he confronted the officials on the pitch at final whistle, and during post-match press conference.
“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,” Klopp said of the first penalty kick.
Speaking about the second spot-kick, the German said: “Yes, Virgil van Dijk touches him, but we all know Lamela wants the touch and we all know there were so (many) 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 (the official) wanted to be middle of interest and he is.
“It was clear two sides (of) 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.”
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