Van Dijk bemoans penalty decisions

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Dom Le Roy

According to The Mirror in the aftermath of yesterday’s Anfield encounter defender Virgil van Dijk believes Harry Kane dived to win a penalty in Liverpool’s pulsating 2-2 draw with Tottenham m

Jon Moss ruled Kane had been brought down after the slightest of touches from goalkeeper Loris Karius and all this despite appearing to be in an offside position.

Kane’s resulting penalty was saved by Karius however the England international made up for with another chance from the spot deep into added time bringing up his 100th Premier League goal when Van Dijk was adjudged to have fouled Erik Lamela.

Liverpools £75m man Van Dijk thinks Kane was lucky to win Tottenham’s first penalty, especially after Dele Alli had been booked for diving in the box moments earlier.

“I think it is a dive. You see him (Kane) diving clearly and no one is talking about it but I think it is a dive,”:said Van Dijk.There is a lot of discussion about whether it is offside, yes or no, but I think it was offside as well.

He added: “You could just see him making that dive. The referee made his decision together with the linesman. It was good for us that it got saved.”

The article goes on to say Van Dijk was asked whether he thought Kane should be retrospectively punished, the £75m defender added: “That is not something for me.I thought it was a dive that is my opinion and the referee thought it was no offside and no dive and he gave a pen. Good for us that we saved it.”

The article adds that Van Dijk was also unhappy with the award of the second penalty when Erik Lamela went down as the Dutchman tried to clear the ballsaw him coming in the end and I try and hold my leg in, he just pulled his body in front of the ball and he goes down,”:he said.

He added:”The ref said play on and I was very disappointed that the linesman said otherwise.I don’t think that is a penalty, same with the first one. That is also clearly not a penalty.”

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  1. There is nothing in life as gratifying as Liverpool players and fans and manager whinging and whining like small children, apart of course from United fans bellowing because their overwhelming sense of entitlement has been stifled :-). Having said that I am looking forward to Wenger bemoaning defeat next weekend ;-)

  2. Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp was fuming at the decision to award Tottenham Hotspur a last-gasp penalty in the 2-2 Premier League draw at Anfield on Sunday and the linesman bore the brunt of his ire. The hosts looked to be on course to go five points clear of Tottenham in fifth place after Mohamed Salah had put them 2-1 ahead in stoppage time before Spurs were awarded a penalty. Referee Jon Moss pointed to the spot after consulting his linesman, who had seen a foul by Virgil van Dijk on Erik Lamela, and Harry Kane converted to score his 100th Premier League goal and snatch a point for his side. The spot-kick was Tottenham’s second of the match after Kane was adjudged to have been fouled in the 83rd minute. Replays showed the striker to be in an offside position when he received the ball, but the linesman’s flag stayed down, ruling that the pass into Kane had come off Dejan Lovren.


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