Jürgen Klopp attacked referee Paul Tierney after Liverpool FC’s 2-2 draw at Tottenham Hotspur. “I have no problems with other referees, only with you,” the team manager grumbled.
“You never played football”, Klopp grumbled on, “otherwise you would know that you can’t get a penalty.” The reason for his anger: In his view, Tierney had disadvantaged Liverpool in two key scenes.
In the 20th minute he let Tottenham star striker Harry Kane get away with a yellow card after a gross foul on Andy Robertson. 17 minutes later the referee denied Klopp’s eleven a penalty after a foul on Diogo Jota – Klopp received a yellow card because of his emotional protest. Liverpool are three points behind leaders Manchester City after the draw.
“I have no idea what his problem is with me,” said Klopp. “Mr. Tierney told me that Diogo braked on purpose because he wanted to be fouled. But if you want to shoot, you have to stop,” he said and was angry: “That’s unbelievable. He had the best view but he doesn’t whistle. “
The fact that Robertson was red-handed in the final phase (77th) was justifiable from Klopp’s point of view, “that wasn’t the smartest tackle. But that (the foul by Kane, the editor) is a clear one, absolutely 100 percent Red card, no doubt. If Robbo’s leg had been on the floor, he would have broken it. “
Klopp’s colleague Antonio Conte pointed out that Reds attacker Mo Salah played the ball with his hand in front of Liverpool’s second goal by Robertson (69th). “But Jürgen didn’t want to talk about that,” he said.