What Jurgen Klopp told referee Paul Tierney after Liverpool's draw with Spurs
Jurgen Klopp told Paul Tierney ‘you’ve never played football’ and ‘I have no problems with other referees, only you’ following Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Sunday.
Klopp was furious with Tierney’s decision to only give Harry Kane a yellow card for his studs-up tackle on Andy Robertson in the first half. Liverpool were also denied a penalty when Diogo Jota was barged inside the area by Emerson Royal.
Liverpool were then reduced to 10 men in the second half as Robertson was sent off for his swipe on Royal. Tierney initially gave the Liverpool left-back a yellow card before he reviewed the incident on the pitch-side monitor and changed his decision.
Klopp confronted Tierney on the pitch after the full-time whistle and immediately said: ‘I have no problems with other referees, only you.’
When asked if Kane should have been sent off, Klopp told Sky Sports: ‘Yes definitely.
‘You can give Robbo a red card, it is not the smartest challenge of his career 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 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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