Harry Kane has hit back at Virgil van Dijk’s claim he is a diver according to talkSPORT.
Liverpool’s £75m defender claimed the England international went down far too easily under pressure from goalkeeper Loris Karius for the first of our two penalties in the 2-2 draw at Anfield.
Kane, who’s first spot-kick was saved but converted a second in the fifth minute of added time to salvage a point and reach 100 Premier League goals, denied the Dutchman’s allegation.
“He (Karius) has dived, he got in the way and I’m a player, I’m not going to jump out of the way because it’s football,” said Kane.
“I definitely felt contact and I went down.”
Kane went on to praise the officials for having the strength of character to award two controversial penalties at Anfield.
Assistant referee Ed Smart flagged for a Van Dijk foul on Erik Lamela for the second penalty award after ref Jon Moss had waved play on and debate surrounding the first penalty centred on whether Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren had touched the ball on its way through to Kane, who would otherwise have been offside when Karius took him down.
“I thought the linesman showed amazing character to give (the second penalty) because a lot happened for the first one about the linesman so to give that penalty was massive – and it was a penalty,”;added Kane.
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