JURGEN KLOPP has revealed referee Paul Tierney’s reasoning for not giving Diogo Jota a ‘blatant’ penalty in Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham.
Emerson Royal pushed the striker to the floor in the penalty area with a 1-1 draw shortly before half-time but Tierney could not finish – confusing TV pundits.
The the officials were stinking in North London with Harry Kane also escaped from the redstone wall to have a dash straight into Andy Robertson.
Klopp went on a rampage at one stage and was shown a yellow card after tearing Tierney apart.
And at the end of the game, footage emerged showing him telling the whistler: “I have no other problem with the referee, just you.”
Soon after, the German spoke to the media and recounted what Tierney had told him.
Klopp explained: “Mr Tierney told me Diogo [Jota] intentionally stopped because he wanted to commit a foul.
“First and foremost if you want to shoot you have to stop because you can’t do both.
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“It’s always helpful when you’re playing on your own.
“When you look back at the situation (appealing to Diogo Jota’s penalty), VAR was there.
“Why did he stop? I do not understand.
“A draw is fine. We’re not crazy to think we can’t draw at Tottenham but these situations are important.
“I don’t know what he is [referee Paul Tierney] the problem is with me. “
Klopp is not the only one confused by Tierney’s decision to let Emerson play.
Former Spurs and West Ham striker Jermain Defoe told Sky: “How can he hit the net without slowing down?”
And Jamie Carragher added: “Yes, you can’t tolerate talking to the referee but the managers are emotional.
“We want the managers to be honest and emotional and the decisions against Liverpool, it was a blatant penalty, Harry Kane should have been sent off.”
“We were frustrated with VAR a year or two ago, we’re fine with it at the moment but we’re on the right track in the other direction.
“Last season, an ankle touch was decisive but now we are thinking what good is VAR with penalties?
“Chris Kavanagh is VAR and it has to be a penalty.
“It could have happened 100 mph but the whole point of VAR is to help the referee.
“This is the whole point of putting VAR in.
“Clear and obvious is a real problem because don’t want the referee to re-handle the games. VAR helps the referee in big situations and that’s a big problem.”
Classmate Jamie Redknapp was equally dumbfounded and said: “It was a horrible decision, he just hit him.
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“At least consult the VAR. Looking at the position of the referee, he can certainly see that.
“How did he get the ball? It was a bad decision.
“Without a football fan, the former player would say it wasn’t a penalty. It was a joke of a decision.”
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