Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has accused Tottenham players Harry Kane and Erik Lamela of diving to win penalties at Anfield.
Spurs were awarded the two penalties during a frantic last few minutes of Sunday’s 2-2 draw, the first of which was given after Loris Karius was adjudged to have brought down Kane in the box, and the other when Van Dijk himself was ruled to have fouled Lamela right after the death.
A furious Van Dijk suggested that referee Jon Moss had been fooled both times in giving the penalties, neither of which the centre-back feels should have been given:
“I think it is a dive. You see him (Kane) diving clearly and no-one is talking about that. But I think it is a dive.
“There is a lot of discussion about whether it is offside, yes or no, but I think it was offside as well. I thought it was a dive. You could just see him making that dive. That is my opinion and the referee thought it was no offside and no dive and he gave a pen.
“There were loads of things going on. I think the first goal was offside and then (for the second one) it is a decision the ref already made and the ref is closer than the linesman. Unlucky I think. I thought it was a bit harsh.
“I see him coming in the end and I try and hold my leg in, he just pulled his body in front of the ball and he goes down. The ref said play on and I was very disappointed that the linesman said otherwise.
“First of all it was offside and secondly he just put his body in front of me. I don’t think that is a penalty and the same with the first one. That is also clearly not a penalty.”
Harry Kane missed the first penalty with two minutes remaining, but converted the second to level the score up at 2-2 just as it looked as though Mo Salah’s stoppage-time solo effort had won the game for Liverpool.
Afterwards, Liverpool manager Jurgenv Klopp pinned the blame entirely on the linesman and suggested that he would “have to pay the biggest fine in world football” if he said what he really felt about the decisions.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, meanwhile, had an entirely different view of the incidents and praised both the referee and linesman for their bravery.
The result keeps Liverpool two points clear of Spurs and still in third place, as the race for the top four heats up.