Four days on and the controversy surrounding Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham has refused to clear.
The Reds looked set to grind out an admirable 1-0 victory on Sunday night, before 10 minutes of carnage saw the clash turn into an instant classic. Three goals and two penalties transformed the cagey affair into a 2-2 thriller with Harry Kane hammering home a last minute equaliser.
At the heart of the game, however, was a whole world of debate around the two penalties Spurs were awarded in the dying minutes.
The first incident attracted the most controversy with Jon Moss engaging in deep conversation with his linesman as to whether Kane was onside when he received the ball and was felled by Loris Karius.
The Sky Sports cameras picked up the whole conversation with Moss seeming to indicate that he wasn’t sure whether Lovren had touched the ball and contemplated making the fourth official check a monitor before eventually awarding the spot kick.
SECOND HARRY KANE PENALTY CONTROVERSY
Ultimately, though, the episode did little to disadvantage Liverpool with Karius making the save and in turn lifting the atmosphere of an Anfield crowd that soon saw Mohamed Salah hit back.
The same can’t be said for the second penalty. Kane’s chance to equalise was presented to him after a coming together between Erik Lamela and Virgil van Dijk that was eventually adjudged to be a foul, by the linesman.
Kopites have doubted the decision ever since the awarding with many accusing Lamela of exaggerating his reaction.
And the latest footage of the incident, within ‘Inside Anfield’, will only give supporters more ammunition with a new angle showing every second of Lamela’s behaviour. It’s certainly shifty and seems to show the Argentinian was somewhat confused as to whether he was hurt or not.
‘INSIDE ANFIELD’ EXPOSES NEW FOOTAGE
Check out the clip at 9:23:
So, Lamela goes down to ground after the challenge but after noticing that Moss hadn’t awarded the penalty, he swiftly returned to his feet and began to play on. When the linesman flagged, however, the 25-year-old changed his mind and flopped to the turf again.
Did the pain of the collision make a return or was he trying to influence the decision? The clip certainly suggests the latter is more than plausible.
The footage will remind some supports of the viral Luis Suarez clip against Norwich where he was hacked down but miraculously rose again when advantage was played.
Trying to influence the referee and linesman is, of course, nothing new and simply appealing vocally can play it’s part, yet Lamela certainly won’t have won himself any fans in Liverpool with this behaviour.
For Tottenham, though, his second fall might just have bagged them a point.