Jurgen Klopp was furious as he approached the officials at full time after Harry Kane was lucky to escape red for a high lunge on Andy Robertson during the 2-2 draw in north London
Jurgen Klopp was furious with Paul Tierney as he approached the referee at full-time for not giving Harry Kane a red card.
Kane flew in with his studs raised on the Reds full-back, who would later get s ent off for a wild challenge on Emerson Royal, shortly after opening the scoring for the hosts.
The England captain received a booking for the tackle – and Klopp was furious that he didn’t receive a harsher punishment.
Klopp approached Tierney after the full-time whistle to vent his anger as he slammed the ref telling him: “You’ve never played football.”
The German also felt aggrieved Liverpool didn’t receive a penalty as Diogo Jota went down in the area in the first hal.
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Asked if Kane should have been given his marching orders, Klopp said: “Yes definitely. You can give Robbo a red card. It is not the smartest challenge but that is definitely a red card. No doubt about it. His leg was in the air, it was pure coincidence. Harry cannot judge it. If Robbo’s leg is on the ground it is a broken leg.
“We have a VAR sitting there and he thinks have a look again at Robertson again. Fine that’s what he is there for. But what did he do in that situation? And then there is the penalty situation with Diogo Jota.
“Mr Tierney told me Diogo [Jota] stops on purpose because he wants the foul. First and foremost if you want to shoot you have to stop because you cannot do both.”
“It is always helpful when you play football yourself. When you see the situation back (Diogo Jota’s penalty appeal), the VAR is there. Why is he stopping? I don’t understand. The draw is fine. We are not crazy enough to think we cannot draw at Tottenham but these situations are crucial.
“I have no idea what his [referee Paul Tierney] problem is with me.
“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.
“We have our complete midfield out, the best centre half in the world… We lose our captain on matchday so you cannot expect to play the best football game of the season. You have to fight and that’s what the boys did.
“But just an objective ref who sees the situations and judges them. He told me he thinks he stops on purpose. It is incredible. He had the best spot on the pitch and doesn’t give it. You will have to ask him what his problem is with me.”