What a game that was at the weekend, and what a finish! I’m talking about the meeting of Spurs, who took such a poor Premier League record at Anfield with them, and Liverpool, which must have livened up everyone’s Sunday afternoon.
The pressure and the stakes were such that I can actually sympathise with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. It’s obviously not his first outburst, even in the same week, but he’s seen his team denied three precious Premier League points right at the death by what we used to call a linesman, and if I was him that would have given me the hump, too!
There was so much to discuss, but the first point where I appear to differ from most of the people I have spoken to was that very last decision of a scintillating encounter… the award of a second penalty to Spurs, after they had missed one awarded for a foul on Harry Kane by the keeper.
For the second one, sorry but Erik Lamela was leading with his arse when he was caught by Virgil van Dyke. The Spurs man, and don’t forget I played for them and not for Liverpool, was not going for the ball and therefore I thought it was him committing a foul! For me, if you watch it carefully, you can’t fail to see the big Dutchman trying to pull away and not go through with his own challenge.
I also think Kane was offside for the first penalty incident, although I have heard plenty agree with me on that one. The thing is, it feels like no one has a clue what actually constitutes offside any more. We have allowed between us a grey area to develop due to this obsession with phases, but you can’t tell me Kane was not interfering with play, so the flag should have gone up and the whistle blown before the poor keeper has had a chance to bring Harry down.
Sure, Kane showed what he is made of by stepping up a second time with the heat well and truly on. But in all honesty, even though I feel Spurs had shown themselves to be the better side in that second half, Liverpool have the right to feel that Mo Salah’s fantastic late goal was enough to take all the spoils.
One pundit I really admire, Davie Provan, had a point when he asked exactly how can Kane not have been interfering, when Dejan Lovren would surely have let the pass go through to Karius instead of attempting the clearance that put Liverpool in so much trouble in the first place?
Yes, I get why the deflection off Lovren has played Kane on, but for me he was interfering, simple as that – why wouldn’t he be – and Jon Moss should have recognised the fact and awarded a free kick for what was a clear offside, as Klopp went on to argue.
A lot was also made of the discussions between Moss and his assistant, which even led to a PGMOL statement being issued in the week. My final question would be, what the hell is wrong with asking the fourth official if he has seen a different angle, anyway? He’s there to help, isn’t he!
Until next time you can catch me on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast every week day on TalkSPORT, 6-10am.