|Referee Paul Tierney sends Andy Robertson off in the pulsating 2-2 draw against Tottenham in North London on Sunday.|
It didn’t happen for Liverpool as expected against a much changed Tottenham side on Sunday but the center referee Paul Tierney and his Video Assistant Referee left Jurgen Klopp fuming.
Liverpool and Tottenham played out an entertaining 2-2 draw but Harry Kane who opened the scoring on the afternoon in North London should have seen red in the 20th minute for a horrific tackle on Andy Robertson, he only got a yellow despite a VAR review.
Liverpool went behind in the 13th minute through a deft finish by the England striker but Spurs could have scored at least three times in the first half with the duo of Harry Kane and the returning Dele Alli missing glit edged chances.
Dele Alli was making his first league start in a long while and there’s also a place for Ryan Sessegnon who started in place of Sergio Reguilon; it was chop and shove for Liverpool too with Van Dijk, Tiago Alcantara, Fabinho and Curtis Jones down to Covid, youngster Morton was handed his debut.
Liverpool leveled late on in the first half through Diogo Jota’s great header but the Portuguese was bundled over by Emerson Royale in the Spurs area with referee Tierney looking away, this got Klopp fuming and subsequently got a yellow for his remonstrations.
Klopp continued to berate the referee at halftime only for Robertson to be sent off for the same offense Kane got a yellow for, the German was furious and couldn’t keep his anger down at the post match interview.
"I have no idea what his [referee Paul Tierney] problem is with me," Klopp told reporters. "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.
"Let's start with Robbo. We saw it now back and yes, you can give a red card there. It is not the harshest ever but it is not the smartest as well. He is a really good boy but he lost it a little bit.
"But this is the proof that the VAR was there today. Before we thought he might not be in his office because the two other situations, I think we all agree that Harry Kane should have seen a red card and he didn't.
"That is a clear, absolutely 100-percent red card. Very often, you cannot see it clearly or whatever, but this situation, if Andy Robertson's foot is still on the ground, his leg is broken. I think we all agree on that. Luckily for both it was in the air. It is still a red card but the ref saw it differently.
"The penalty situation, Mr. Tierney told me he thought Diogo Jota stopped on purpose. He wanted to get it. If you watch this situation back, it is a very exclusive view. It was a very quick decision. I'm not sure he was prepared for it or whatever.
"How can he react that quick? It was a clear penalty but he thought it was clearly not a penalty. Wow. That is obviously two wrong decisions, I would say, and one right. All three against us."
Heung Min Son leveled for Spurs with 16 minutes left on the clock but Spurs could have won it with series of missed chances by Harry Kane and the Korean. The result means Liverpool fall behind Manchester City by 3 points in the race for the league title.