Jurgen Klopp waited for referee Paul Tierney in the tunnel amid fiery Tottenham clash

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Son Heung-min secured a point for Tottenham against Liverpool as it finished 2-2 in north London, but the Anfield boss was unhappy with several key incidents that didn’t go in his favour

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Jurgen Klopp approached Paul Tierney in the tunnel at halftime to express his anger over the referee’s decisions against Tottenham.

Son Heung-min secured a point for Spurs against Liverpool as it finished 2-2 in north London, but the Anfield boss was unhappy with several key incidents that didn’t go in his favour.

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The German felt aggrieved Harry Kane wasn’t sent off for a dangerous lunge on Andy Robertson, who would later see red, while he was adamant the Reds should have been awarded a penalty after Diogo Jota went down in the box in the first half.

Kane received a yellow card for his foul on Robertson but was lucky to stay on the pitch as he went in with his studs showing.

Jota was barged over in the area shortly after, but Tierney did not think it was a foul.






Jurgen Klopp approached Paul Tierney at half time in the tunnel

Should Harry Kane have been sent off? Comment below

And Klopp was furious with the decisions as he went over to the whistler in the tunnel at halftime to speak to him.

Klopp’s anger would spill over into full-time as he approached the officials on the pitch, aiming a dig at Tierney telling him: “You’ve never played football.”

He also claimed in his post-match interview that Tierney has a “problem” with him.

Asked if Kane should have been given his marching orders, Klopp said: Yes definitely. You can give Robbo a red card. It is not the smartest challenge but that is definitely a red card. No doubt about it. His leg was in the air, it was pure coincidence. Harry cannot judge it. If Robbo’s leg is on the ground it is a broken leg.

“We have a VAR sitting there and he thinks have a look again at Robertson again. Fine that’s what he is there for. But what did he do in that situation? And then there is the penalty situation with Diogo Jota.

“Mr Tierney told me Diogo [Jota] stops on purpose because he wants the foul. First and foremost if you want to shoot you have to stop because you cannot do both.






Diogo Jota went over in the penalty area

“It is always helpful when you play football yourself. When you see the situation back (Diogo Jota’s penalty appeal), the VAR is there. Why is he stopping? I don’t understand. The draw is fine. We are not crazy enough to think we cannot draw at Tottenham but these situations are crucial.

“I have no idea what his [referee Paul Tierney] problem is with me.

“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.







Harry Kane was lucky to escape red
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“We have our complete midfield out, the best centre half in the world… We lose our captain on matchday so you cannot expect to play the best football game of the season. You have to fight and that’s what the boys did.

“But just an objective ref who sees the situations and judges them. He told me he thinks he stops on purpose. It is incredible. He had the best spot on the pitch and doesn’t give it. You will have to ask him what his problem is with me.”

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