Jurgen Klopp questions decisions in Liverpool's draw with Tottenham

Matt O'Connor-Simpson
Klopp was not happy in his post-match press conference
Klopp was not happy in his post-match press conference / Julian Finney/GettyImages
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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has voiced his frustration at several refereeing decisions given against his side during their 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Sunday.

In a thoroughly entertaining contest there was plenty of controversial moments with Andy Robertson seeing red at the end for a wild challenge on Emerson Royal.

However, speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Klopp revealed he had no issue with the decision to give Robertson his marching orders, but he was perplexed as to why Harry Kane was not sent off in the first half for a late tackle on the Scot.

"That's definitely a red card, no doubt about that. People will say his leg's in the air but it's pure coincidence," Klopp said.

"Harry cannot judge that. If Robbo's leg is on the ground, it's a broken leg, no doubt about that."

Klopp was also frustrated that Diogo Jota, who hauled Liverpool level after Kane's opening goal, was not awarded a penalty after Emerson seemingly barged him in the back inside the 18-yard box.

"When you see the situation back, and again the VAR's there, where is he stopping? It's two challenges against one player and the player's down and I don't understand that."

He added: "These situations are crucial, these are decisive situations. Naby Keita plays a great pass, first touch, vision, good. And then a player finished the situation in a not really legal in football way and the ref and the VAR does not say a word.

"I really have no idea what his problems are with me? Honestly I have no idea."

Liverpool were hit by several more positive Covid-19 tests before the game, with Thiago Alcantara, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones all currently in isolation. Jordan Henderson also sat out due to an unrelated illness, leaving the Reds short of numbers.

With the virus continuing to decimate Premier League squads, there have been increasingly loud calls for play to take a break until the situation calms down, something Klopp hinted he may be in favour of.

"It's a big thing we all have to talk about: can we carry on or not?" he said. "If we carry on, we cannot carry on as usual and look at who can play and who cannot play. We need help on the schedule.

"There are different problems. I we have to have a break I'm fine with that as well. I know the problem. When do you want to play the games? It's not so easy to find spaces."


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