Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane could have broken Andrew Robertson’s leg during a violent first-half tackle that should have resulted in a red card in Sunday’s 2-2 Premier League draw.
Shortly after putting Spurs ahead with his first league goal in two months, Kane slammed Robertson, sending Klopp furiously off the field.
England captain Kane received only a yellow card, one of eight warnings made by referee Paul Tierney in the exciting confrontation, and Jurgen became angry because Tierney did not award a penalty due to a push in the back of Diogo Jota, who canceled Kane’s lead with a goal with a header, and Klopp also obtained a card. Yellow because of his objection to the fourth referee.
The German coach had no objection to Robertson being sent off in the 77th minute for a violent foul on Tottenham defender Emerson Royal after reviewing the video, but he was puzzled that Kane had not been sent off in the previous incident.
“The result was good but it would have been different if I had made the right decisions,” Klopp told reporters. “Robertson’s red card proved that the VAR was working because I thought maybe they weren’t in their office.” Fortunately, Robertson’s leg was in the air, which was purely a coincidence. Harry can’t judge that. If the robo’s leg was on the ground, it would have been broken.
On the demand for a penalty kick, Klopp said: It is unbelievable. The referee had the best vision on the field and didn’t count it. You have to ask him what is his problem with me.
And Liverpool played without Thiago Alcantara, who entered quarantine after contracting Covid-19, while Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones continued to be absent due to the Corona virus, and Jordan Henderson was absent due to a cold.
Those absences left Liverpool vulnerable to Spurs’ counter-attack style, although Jota’s and Robertson’s goals looked set to give Liverpool their ninth win in a row in all competitions.
A mistake by goalkeeper Alisson gifted Tottenham’s deserved equalizer, which was scored by Son Heung-min, leaving Liverpool three points behind leaders Manchester City.
“We missed a perfect midfield and the best center back in the world,” Klopp said. “We lost our captain on match day so you can’t expect to play the best football game of the season. You have to fight and that’s what the players did.” It was a good first half for my team.
“The second half was not very good because we felt the pressure of the last few weeks and the opponent looked as if they had just finished warming up.” Tottenham seemed more active.
Liverpool play their second-tier squad against Leicester City in the League Cup on Wednesday, then Leeds United the day after Christmas and Leicester again in the league on December 28, a schedule Klopp says is “impossible”.
The German coach said: We don’t have the players. We may have another case of COVID-19 or two. We have to think about it, we can’t get past that. We like to play but we need some help. If we continue to work, we will not be able to continue as usual.