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Thursday 26 April 2018

Klopp's sport of bother in draw with Spurs

Liverpool boss fumes at Moss after injury-time penalty call

Spurs’ Harry Kane
celebrates after
scoring a late penalty
at Anfield yesterday
- his 100th Premier
League goal. Photo: Getty
Spurs’ Harry Kane celebrates after scoring a late penalty at Anfield yesterday - his 100th Premier League goal. Photo: Getty

Angry Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he would get the "biggest fine in world football" if he gave his honest opinion on referee Jon Moss' decision to award two penalties against his side.

Harry Kane missed the first but converted the second with virtually the last kick of the game to secure a 2-2 draw for Tottenham at Anfield.

Klopp was unhappy with both, as he felt Kane should have been flagged offside for the first and thought Virgil van Dijk's challenge on Erik Lamela was not worthy of punishment for the second.

Klopp said: "Obviously I can't change anything so what's my job now? To create headlines? To be punished? To pay a fine?

"If I say what I think, I would pay the biggest fine in world football. That makes absolutely no sense.

"I have no problem with people making mistakes but if you don't see the situation, then step aside.

DECISION

"I thought for the first penalty they (Moss and his assistant) were discussing. I didn't see Jon Moss asking anything.

"At the end I've learned something new and now people will think I know nothing about football because I thought it was offside.

"But the second one, it's not about who is where. In the 93rd minute you whistle a penalty when you are 100 per cent sure.

"It's clear in these situations the opposition wants to go down, wants to cause these type of problems, but we have to accept it, I can't change it. But it's really hard to get."

Liverpool's club-record signing Virgil van Dijk believes Kane dived to win a penalty in the draw.

The world's most expensive defender thinks Kane was lucky to get the first award, especially after Dele Alli had been booked for diving in the box moments earlier - his third such transgression since his debut in 2015-16.

"I think it is a dive. You see him (Kane) diving clearly and no-one is talking about it but I think it is a dive," said Van Dijk.

"There is a lot of discussion about whether it is offside, yes or no, but I think it was offside as well.

"You could just see him making that dive. The referee made his decision together with the linesman. It was good for us that it got saved."

Asked whether he thought Kane should be retrospectively punished the Holland international added: "That is not something for me.

"I thought it was a dive that is my opinion and the referee thought it was no offside and no dive and he gave a pen. Good for us that we saved it."

Van Dijk was also unhappy with the award of the second penalty when Lamela went down as the Dutchman tried to clear the ball.

"I saw him coming in the end and I try and hold my leg in, he just pulled his body in front of the ball and he goes down," he said.

"The ref said play on and I was very disappointed that the linesman said otherwise.

UNHAPPY

"I don't think that is a penalty, same with the first one. That is also clearly not a penalty." The match was an entertaining one for the neutrals with Mohamed Salah's brilliant second of the match, a twisting, turning effort past three defenders, matched by the power of substitute Victor Wanyama's piledriver which made it 1-1 at the time.

"It was a good game for the fans to watch. For us obviously we are disappointed that we didn't get the win in the end," said Van Dijk.

"There were loads of things going on. I think the most annoying feeling at the moment is we should have won and kept the 1-0.

"It was a good goal from Victor and unlucky that we didn't win.

"It (Salah's) was a fantastic goal and to get a penalty (given against) in the last second of the game was not good. Everybody should talk about Mo's goal any way. Everyone can see how good he is and he showed that today as well."

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