The Premier League, huh? Mere seconds away from a season-defining revenge win over Tottenham at a crucial juncture in the race for top four, Liverpool instead found themselves wondering how Jon Moss’ whistle managed to turn three points into one.
With an excellent Liverpool twice ahead via Mohamed Salah’s 20th and 21st league goals, the referee instead was the one who stole the headlines, awarding two game-deciding penalties—one from an offside move that was saved by Loris Karius and another at the death from a dive from Erik Lamela that Harry Kane slotted home to split the points.
Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp let loose on the shambolic officiating in his post-match interview, “It was clear two sides high quality both wanted to win desperately, but the result was massively influenced by linesman decisions,” Klopp fumed. “We have to take it, that’s how it is.”
”[The first awarded penalty] was clear offside, unbelievable, I don’t know what they were discussing.”
The second penalty call was just as dubious, with Tottenham’s Lamela going down under the merest touches from Virgil Van Dijk. In theory, it was a 50/50 call, but upon even the mildest inspection, it’s clear that the Liverpool defender’s move is to clear the ball and that Lamela merely places his body in the middle of that motion.
“Yes, [Van Dijk] touches him but we all know Lamela wants the touch,” Klopp continued. “And we all know they were so hard fouls in the first half and we didn’t get any fouls.
”That was the level for the game today, but then a situation in the last minute like that? Wow. [Moss] wanted to be middle of interest and he is.”
When asked if he had spoken to Moss, the 50-year-old said: “Did you ever hear? I am not allowed to go in their room until half an hour after.
”It’s hard to accept all the decisions today.”
To rub it in, here is Harry Kane basking in the referee’s assist. Great player, but also f*** that guy.