Jurgen Klopp tells referee Paul Tierney “I only have problems with you” as Harry Kane dodges “definitive” red card for tackle against Andy Robertson
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Jurgen Klopp confronted referee Paul Tierney on the pitch after his ten-man Liverpool side were held to a draw against Tottenham under controversial circumstances.
Harry Kane scored his first league goal of the season at home to give Spurs an early lead, but the efforts of Diogo Jota and Andy Robertson on either side of the half saw Liverpool lead 2-1.
Heung-Min Son then tied the scores with 15 minutes remaining as the thriller finished 2-2. Spurs could have won the game as Robertson received a red card for fouling Emerson Royal minutes later.
However, that doesn’t tell the whole story, with goalscorer Kane having the chance to end the game after only receiving a yellow card for a firm challenge on Robertson in the 20th minute.
The England captain rushed towards his Scottish counterpart, making important contact with his ankle as Robertson luckily jumped the path to avoid a serious injury.
Kane walked away with just a warning, but Robertson wasn’t so lucky when he was fired for a nasty kickout at Emerson in the 77th minute.
Klopp had already faced Tierney in the tunnel at halftime for the previous incident, which had almost seen the German removed from the canoe.
But after the final whistle he did not calm down, entering into a heated discussion with the referee as his side were three points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.
The Liverpool boss could be heard talking to Tierney on the pitch, saying: ‘I have no problem with the referees, it’s just you. Honestly, I have no problem with the referees, only you.
Klopp was asked about the red card incidents after the game and complained about a lack of consistency.
“Red card Robbo, it’s not the smartest challenge of his life, it’s like that,” Klopp said.
“But it’s definitely a red card [for Kane]. No doubt about it, people will say ‘but his leg is in the air’ but it is pure coincidence.
“Harry can’t judge this, if Robbo’s leg is on the ground then it’s a broken leg, there’s no doubt about it.”
Kane was asked if his yellow card should have been a red, to which he replied, “No, definitely not, I thought it was a strong tackle but I thought I won the ball.
“When you play against the best teams and fight for points all over the place, sometimes there will be some strong tackles.
“I didn’t see him again but on the pitch I didn’t want to and even Andy on the pitch said ‘oh you just caught my foot I don’t think that was a fault’.
“I think sometimes when you slow things down in football it makes it seem like it’s worse than it is, but that’s what VAR is there for.”
Despite Klopp’s full-time fury, he wasn’t annoyed by everyone in white or black, with Kane winger Son even managing to make the Liverpool boss laugh.
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