Speaking after his Liverpool side defeated Tottenham Hotspur 4-3 yesterday, Jurgen Klopp singled out Harry Kane for praise, while also recalling how the star striker should have been sent off in the fixture last season.
In a chaotic game of two halves, Spurs left Anfield empty handed. Liverpool had the advantage at half time after goals from Curtis Jones, Luis Diaz, and Mo Salah gave them an early lead, before Kane pulled one back for the away side.
The second half was far better for Spurs, who battled their way back into the game thanks to goals from Heung-min Son, and an injury time equaliser from Richarlison.
However, Liverpool took all three points at the death after Diogo Jota pounced on a Lucas Moura error.
Controversially, Jota could have been sent off earlier in the game for a high foot on Oliver Skipp.
Not one to shy away from controversy, Klopp discussed the perceived history he feels his side have with referee Paul Tierney in his post-match interview with Sky Sports and brought up an incident involving Harry Kane last season.
He said: “We have our history with Mr. Tierney. I really don’t know what this man has with us. They always say it’s nothing and it’s not true, but it cannot be. I can’t understand it. I’m really not sure if it’s me because of how he looks at me.
“I really have no problem with no people and not him as well. He was ref when we played at Tottenham when Harry Kane didn’t get a red card.”
Klopp used the opportunity to throw Kane a compliment, while maintaining the talismanic striker should have seen red last season: “Harry Kane I love this player, crazy, what a player. I don’t want him to get a red card but it was a red card in that game but it was Mr. Tierney and nobody asked him about it because in England they don’t have to clarify things.”
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I remember the incident Klopp is speaking about and it probably should have been a red card that time. But, so should Jota’s yesterday, so it’s swings and roundabouts.
These decisions happen sometimes, but once they are done they are done, and there’s no point dwelling on them.
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