Sun 19 December 2021 | 21:01

Klopp questions Tierney’s refereeing with no red cards for Kane

The Reds boss and the Sky Sports pundits were puzzled after Harry Kane’s tackle did not receive a red card before a later challenge resulting in Andrew Robertson being sent off in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham.

Andrew Robertson

was challenged by

Harry Kane

in the first half but following a check, the game continued with the


striker only getting a yellow card.

During the breathtaking battle on

Super Sunday

, the


player then helped his side take the lead in the second half but just after Heung-Min Son equalized the game, he received a red card through Emerson Royal.


Paul Tierney

was instructed to check Robertson’s challenge by the VAR and Jurgen Klopp questioned the earlier tackle from Kane that had no intervention, with the Reds manager insisting that it might have been a leg-breaker.

The Liverpool tactician, who received a yellow card for his protests in the first half, was left confused when there was no VAR intervention and believes the referee seemed to have a problem with him.


I have no problems with referees, only you,"

Klopp was spotted saying to Tierney post-match.

He told

Sky Sports


"There were obviously many other things that were influential in this game, but some of these questions are better to ask Mr. Tierney."

Quizzed whether the England international’s punishment ought to have been stronger, Klopp said:

"Definitely, stronger. We can give Robbo a red card, it's not the smartest challenge of his life. But that's definitely a red card, no doubt about it. So we have a VAR sitting there, and he has a look again at the Robbo situation. Fine, that's what he's there for. What did he do in the Kane situation?

"And the penalty situation with Diogo Jota. Mr Tierney told me he thinks Diogo stops on purpose because he wants the foul. If you want to shoot you have to stop because you cannot run and shoot at the same moment. It is always helpful if you have played football yourself in the past. When you see the situation back, where is he stopping? I don't understand that.

"But it is OK, the draw is OK, we are not that crazy that we think we cannot draw at Spurs, but these are crucial, decisive situations. It's a great pass from Naby Keita and then someone finished the situation off in a not really football, legal way. And the ref and the VAR doesn't say a word. I really have no idea what is his problem with me. Honesty. I have no idea.

"In the beginning maybe I was a bit more emotional in the games, but it's not allowed in a situation like this, because with Mr Marriner it is all fine, but he obviously felt what he felt in that moment. He came over and gave me a yellow card which is fine, but I would have preferred the right decision on the pitch.


Klopp also said in his post-match press conference:

"We can accept Robertson's sending off. This is the proof the VAR was there today, because before that we thought he might not be in his office. Because the two other situations, Harry Kane should have seen a red card and he didn't.

"It was a very quick decision from the referee, I'm not sure if he was prepared for it, how can you know that quick? Wow. That's obviously two wrong decisions of him, and one right [Robertson's red], all three against us.

"I have no idea why. You have to ask the VAR. That's an absolutely clear 100 per cent red card. Sometimes you cannot see it clearly or whatever, but in this situation, if Robertson's foot is still on the ground, his leg is broken. The ref saw it different."

source: SportMob

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