A Victor Wanyama screamer, a missed Harry Kane penalty, a Mohamed Salah wondergoal, a crazy Jurgen Klopp celebration and a 95th-minute successful penalty for Kane – it was a mental final 10 minutes during Liverpool’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham.
And yet both Liverpool fans and Spurs fans might be slightly disappointed that they didn’t take all three points during the incredible game.
It was ironic that following Liverpool’s 3-2 defeat against West Brom – which was dominated by contentious VAR decisions – there were some very controversial refereeing decisions in the same stadium the following weekend – this time without the use of VAR.
First, it was Kane’s missed penalty in the 87th-minute when the striker had the chance to win the match for the away side.
He was standing in an offside position when Dele Alli played the ball but, after Dejan Lovren got a touch on the ball, the officials decided that Kane was now onside.
He forward proceeded to take it around Loris Karius before being brought down.
And, after consulting the assistant referee, Jon Moss decided to stick to his decision and award the penalty.
VAN DIJK IN ANGRY INTERVIEW AFTER 2-2 DRAW
But it wasn’t necessarily the offside call that angered some people. That’s because Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has remarkably accused Kane of cheating by ‘diving’.
“I think it is a dive. You see him (Kane) diving clearly and no one is talking about that. But I think it is a dive,” Van Dijk said after the match
“There is a lot of discussion about whether it is offside, yes or no, but I think it was offside as well.”
Dive by Kane pic.twitter.com/kliyzvtCMF
— Prashant Joon (@prashantjoon4) February 4, 2018
Calling Kane a cheat is certainly a serious accusation but it was something that Liverpool fans thoroughly enjoyed.
LIVERPOOL FANS REACT
They praised Van Dijk for giving his opinion on the incident – and reacted on Twitter:
Finally someone has the balls to tell it like it is. Wish we had more of those players in our squad.
— John Moss is a fat, fucking prick (@WeeJoe_Allen) February 4, 2018
Virgil Van Dijk not holding back in this interview, absolutely love it go on lad!! #LFC
— Calum Thorpe (@Calum_LFC96) February 4, 2018
Van Dijk is holding nothing back and accuses Kane of diving in his post-game interview.
Genuinely speaking his mind instead of some PR-trained responses. Love that. pic.twitter.com/BHUqOrdrNm
— Maxi (@MaaxiAngelo) February 4, 2018
Give him the armband now
— Kaby Neita (@StephenHepburn1) February 4, 2018
Good, he did cheat. Someone needs to say it like it is.
— Chris Lanceley (@CLanceley) February 4, 2018
Luckily for the officials – if they did get it wrong – Kane struck his penalty down the middle and straight at Karius.
And it looked as though Liverpool would go from staring defeat in the face to winning the match after Salah’s brilliant individual strike.
But in the last minute of injury-time, Spurs were given another penalty.
Van Dijk was adjudged to have kicked Erik Lamela and, although Moss initially waved away the penalty claims, his assistant flagged and Kane made no mistake the second time around.
DID VAN DIJK FOUL LAMELA?
But what did Van Dijk have to say about that decision after the match?
You wouldn’t be surprised to hear that he didn’t think that was a penalty either…
“He just put his body in front of me,” Van Dijk claimed.
“I don’t think that is a pen and the same with the first one. That is also clearly not a penalty.”