Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was extremely upset with the officials and understandably so after his side’s 2-2 home draw with Tottenham Hotspur today. Klopp’s team ended up on the wrong side of a couple questionable calls in this one, a memorable match that ended with eight minutes of mayhem.
Tottenham’s comeback, which salvaged a point for the visitors in a match that should have seen all three go to the home side, was aided by a pair of breaks that went against Liverpool and awarded Harry Kane a pair of penalty kicks.
Here’s a brief recap of the crunch time goings on:
80’: Wanyama scores goal of the season to make it 1-1
83’: Spurs get a penalty
85’: Karius saves Kane’s penalty
90’+1: Salah makes it 2-1
90’+3: Spurs get another penalty
90’+4: Kane scores and makes it 2-2
The Premier League is AMAZING#LIVTOT #EPL #TrapaDrive pic.twitter.com/nH5CrPHFz2
— The SporTalk ™ (@TheSporTalk) February 4, 2018
Kane missed the first spot kick awarded to his team, on a play in which the English striker was offsides, but it wasn’t called. Kane converted the second PK, which came in extra time, and was awarded from Virgil van Dijk’s challenge on Erik Lamela.
It really looked like Erik Lamela dived, but you can watch below and judge for yourself:
Just bring in VAR. How can you give a penalty for someone pulling out of a tackle in the 94th min. If we’re being honest it’s a Lamela dive pic.twitter.com/655Sh7jbgm
— Sterling Archer (@ramsonball) February 4, 2018
Jurgen Klopp on whether or not he received an explanation:
“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.”
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