Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claimed he would have to “pay the biggest fine in world football” if he vented his true feelings about Harry Kane’s stoppage-time penalty that earned Tottenham a draw at Anfield.
Kane – who had seen a penalty saved by Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius minutes earlier – secured Spurs a point in a 2-2 draw after referee Jon Moss contentiously punished Virgil van Dijk’s challenge on substitute Erik Lamela with seconds remaining.
Klopp was still visibly angry at what he saw as the unjust loss of two points, with Liverpool’s fans also enraged at the final whistle after thinking Mohamed Salah’s brilliant injury-time solo goal had given them a win that would have taken them five points clear of Spurs in the race for a top-four spot.
“The game was very intense between two really good teams. There were some real challenges in the first half, lots of moments when it could have been a free-kick but the referee said ‘today that’s the game, that’s allowed’ and then the softest touch in the whole game decides the game. It is not a penalty, it is a situation,” said Klopp.
“I am angry but I can’t change things so what’s my job? To create headlines? To get punished? To pay a fine? If I said what I think I would pay the biggest fine in world football. That makes absolutely no sense.”