Jurgen Klopp was rightly frustrated with referee Paul Tierney after Liverpool’s 2-2 draw at Tottenham, singling the official out for a series of hapless decisions.
The Reds played out an excellent game of football in north London on Sunday, with Spurs going toe-to-toe with the title contenders.
Harry Kane benefited from space behind Liverpool’s defence to open the scoring, but minutes later should have seen a red card for a terrible challenge on Andy Robertson.
Later, Diogo Jota was felled in the box only to see Tierney wave it away, and then, with the scores at 2-2, Robertson was rightly sent off, with a VAR review proving that the technology was, in fact, in use.
It was a shocking performance from Tierney, and in his post-match interview with Sky Sports, Klopp vented his frustrations and likely earned himself a fine.
But his exchange with Tierney immediately after the game, in the centre circle, said it all, with the manager telling the referee “you have never played football.”
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“I have no problems with any referees, only you,” Klopp said.
“If you don’t think that this is a penalty, you’ve never played football.”
This stems from Tierney telling Klopp that he ruled out the possibility of a foul on Jota in the box as he believed he had intentionally stopped in order to win a penalty.
Klopp, therefore, told him “you’ve never played football” as if Tierney had, he would have understood that in order to shoot Jota had to change his movement; and either way, the striker is well within his rights to stop.
It was a baffling display from Tierney, who seemingly had little intervention from the man in the VAR booth, Chris Kavanagh, either.