Jürgen Klopp was left bewildered after a obvious error from the match officers denied his Liverpool group what would have been a gap objective of their eventual 2-1 defeat at Tottenham.
Liverpool completed with 9 males after the dismissals of Curtis Jones and the substitute Diogo Jota, which must have been controversy sufficient. But the choice to rule out Luis Díaz’s effort within the thirty fourth minute trumped even that.
Díaz seemed onside when he ran by means of to complete just for a flag to go up. However reasonably than overrule the onfield resolution, the VAR, Darren England, didn’t intervene, calling “examine full” as a result of he had not observed the objective had been disallowed. It prompted Skilled Recreation Match Officers Restricted to concern an embarrassing apology.
The referees’ physique mentioned in an announcement: “The PGMOL acknowledge a big human error occurred through the first half of Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool. The objective by Luis Díaz was disallowed for offside by the onfield group of match officers. This was a transparent and apparent factual error and will have resulted within the objective being awarded by means of VAR intervention. Nonetheless, the VAR didn’t intervene. PGMOL will conduct a full evaluate into the circumstances which led to the error.”
Klopp mentioned: “I don’t suppose there’s something to say concerning the offside objective – I knew about it at half-time. Within the first second I believed it was clearly onside however you suppose they’ve a greater view. I’m fairly positive whoever made the choice didn’t do it on function. It didn’t take extraordinarily lengthy to come back to the conclusion. That’s a bit unusual however another person has to elucidate.
“The linesman thought it was price watching once more – that’s why he raised the flag. Within the good outdated instances, the linesman ought to have seen it was not offside as a result of we had these conditions fairly ceaselessly and if you see it again it’s fairly clear.”
Jones was despatched off for a heavy deal with on Yves Bissouma halfway by means of the primary half – a choice Klopp disputed. Spurs scored on 36 minutes by means of Son Heung-min, though Liverpool hit again in first-half stoppage-time by means of Cody Gakpo, who didn’t reappear for the second half. He left the stadium in a protecting brace, Klopp suggesting the damage was critical.
Jota’s dismissal for two yellow cards – the second on 69 minutes – meant Liverpool have now had four red cards in the Premier League. Spurs won in the final minute of stoppage-time thanks to a Joël Matip own goal.
Klopp said: “Probably everyone in the room sees it as a red card for Curtis – I see it different. He put full power on the ball, rolls over it and then hits the leg [of Bissouma]. While you see it in sluggish movement, it appears to be like horrendous. See it in actual time and it’s not even near be that unhealthy. Jota’s first yellow card is clearly not a yellow card. The killer of the sport was the second purple card and loads of different selections.”