Liverpool supporters were left fuming after referee Jonathan Moss presided over two penalty calls to ensure a 2-2 draw with Tottenham on Sunday.
Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham
Premier League, Anfield
February 4, 2018
Goals: Salah 3′, 90+1′; Wanyama 80′, Kane (pen) 90+4′
Anfield played backdrop to some sublime attacking play and some controversial refereeing decisions as the Reds and their top-four rivals saw out a dramatic draw.
But a thunderbolt from Victor Wanyama levelled the scores after the break, before a questionable decision from Moss provided Harry Kane with a chance to put Spurs ahead with a penalty.
Loris Karius made the save, however, and Salah’s wonderful solo goal looked to have secured Liverpool three vital points, before Moss struck again to gift Kane his 100th Premier League goal from the spot.
Salah was given sympathy after his heroics…
Salah is incredible. Our Messi.
— Taintless Red (@TaintlessRed) February 4, 2018
Feel for Salah. We should be parading him around Anfield now. Goal all forgotten
— Jay (@Jay82_LFC) February 4, 2018
Worst thing about that, is Salah getting robbed of the winner with one of the goals of the season.
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) February 4, 2018
“Salah should be playing alongside the best not the sluggish millie hendo. Wijnaldum overrated ox. He should be playing alongside the very best midfield maestros.”
– Deeq Abdinoor on Facebook.
Salah must be gutted. Shame really. Spurs deserved a point. We were so poor in the second half. No control whatsoever. Midfield non-existent.
— Sai (@TheEngancheRole) February 4, 2018
File Salah’s second next to Benteke at Old Trafford and Coates at Loftus Road
— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) February 4, 2018
Moss and his assistants rightly came in for criticism…
Spurs superb in second half. Deserved a point LFC invited too much pressure. But that referee is abysmal. Doesn’t listen to assistant on first call gives pen. Then on second he does to give another pen. Ridiculous
— keith costigan (@KeithCostigan) February 4, 2018
As disgracefully inept refereeing performances go, Jon Moss has produced a whole new low there
— Ian Salmon (@IanRSalmon) February 4, 2018
“Been a worse refereeing performance at Anfield in the last 20 years?”
– kingoftown on the forums.
Neither of those Spurs penalties are penalties. Kane is offside and dives, and Lamela throws himself to the ground and into Van Dijk's leg. So, so bad from the officials.
— Colin Spreag (@ColinSpreag) February 4, 2018
Robbed. Both pens looked like dives to me. Karius barely touched Kane & played for it & looked offside, & van Dijk pulled out of the challenge.
— Taintless Red (@TaintlessRed) February 4, 2018
“This was robbery pure and simple.”
– Fullmetal on the forums.
Jon Moss obviously has money on Kane for the Golden Boot!
— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) February 4, 2018
Disgusting officiating today, hope they never ref a game at Anfield again #NonLeagueLevel
— Moley (@Moley_LFC) February 4, 2018
Send these refs to non-league.
— Jon Townsend (@jon_townsend3) February 4, 2018
John Moss and his assistants gave us absolutely fuck all this evening. Diabolical officialdom.
— Aaron Cutler (@aaron_cutler) February 4, 2018
And the overall feeling on the result was mixed…
Gutting to drop two points so late but definitely a fair result – Tottenham absolutely dominated the second half and Liverpool, in that period, very poor. Looked out on their feet. They must have popped out the stadium and done a marathon at halftime.
— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) February 4, 2018
We'll feel aggrieved after what happened at the end but that was an awful second half. Felt like the Chelsea match again. We just invited them on to us and we don't have the players to grind out a game like that.
— Sam McGuire (@SamMcGuire90) February 4, 2018
“Based on general play, take the point and say thank you tonight.”
– brush85 on the forums.
Well played Spurs, most troubled I’ve seen us at Anfield for a long while. Klopp often puts on a 3rd centre half late on. Might be OK if up against long balls and tall strikers, but when played deep against quick feet? Not in my ABC…. #LFC
— Vegard Heggem (@vedgy) February 4, 2018
“We lost our identity in this game by giving Tottenham too much respect which we didn’t give in our victory against a much better side in Man City. Too defensive minded by the manager in this game to have only about 30% in possessions playing at home at ANFIELD is unacceptable. The draw actually flattered us, sad for me to say; even though the penalty was debatable at the end :(… Anyway, on the positive side is, we didn’t lose.”
– Michael Chang on Facebook.
In the cold light of day, that's a really big missed opportunity for Spurs. #LFC didn't play well second half and at 1-1 were there for the taking. Spurs were lucky the officials sided with them just to get a point. #LFC top-four hopes actually strengthened today as a result.
— Ian Doyle (@IanDoyleSport) February 4, 2018
What a stupid game of football
— Tom McMahon (@tomjpmac) February 4, 2018