It’s rarely dull when Liverpool are playing football.
Just more than a week after their VAR-dominated 3-2 defeat to West Brom in the FA Cup at Anfield, they played out an equally incredibly 2-2 draw against Tottenham – one that was just as controversial.
Victor Wanyama’s screamer with 10 minutes left was the catalyst for one of the most entertaining climaxes to a Premier League match ever.
Minutes later, Spurs were given the perfect opportunity to win the match.
Harry Kane, who appeared to be in an offside decision despite Dejan Lovren’s miscued clearance, was brought down by Loris Karius.
Jon Moss pointed to the penalty spot but he wanted to have a word with the assistant referee first.
The assistant referee wanted to clarify whether Lovren had actually touched the ball because, if not, Kane was offside.
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The truth was, he did touch the ball but surely Kane was interfering in an offside decision?
Either way, Moss gave the penalty but Kane could only hit it straight down the middle at Karius.
That was far from the end of the drama as Mohamed Salah scored his second of the match with a sensational solo goal to put Liverpool 2–1 up. Spurs were then given another penalty in, yet again, controversial circumstances in the 95th-minute after Virgil van Dijk was adjudged to have fouled Erik Lamela.
Kane stuck this one away, leaving Liverpool fans – and Jurgen Klopp – fuming.
And they will probably be even more fuming after what Moss said to Klopp after the match.
WHAT JON MOSS SAID TO JURGEN KLOPP
The German manager claimed that the referee apologised immediately after the match for making a mistake for the first penalty, stating that Kane was offside.
“The result is massively influenced by decisions, always we have to take it. Did you ever hear [referees explain themselves]?” Klopp said.
“I’m not allowed to go in the [referees’] room for half an hour after the game. The first thing after the whistle he [the referee] comes to me and says he made a mistake, clear offside, unbelievable. I don’t know what they [the officials] were discussing.
“Second one, Van Dijk touches him but Lamela wants the touch and jumps 100 per cent, he feels the touch and it’s [given as] a penalty. In the first half we got no free-kicks in this situation, go and play, that’s the level for the game.”
In fairness, the penalty was ultimately missed so that ‘wrong’ decision didn’t really impact the result.
But it’s was certainly interesting to hear that Moss admitted he and his assistant made a mistake.