Jurgen Klopp will not face any action for his comments about referee Paul Tierney following Liverpool’s 2-2 draw at Tottenham.
Klopp was not happy with Tierney’s decision to send off Andy Robertson for kicking Emerson Royal having only showed a yellow to Harry Kane for a studs up challenge on Robertson.
The Liverpool boss was also angry at the referee for not awarding Diogo Jota a penalty in the first half after the forward was bundled to the ground by Emerson.
Klopp was picked up by TV cameras telling Tierney: “I have no problems with any referees. Only you.”
And after the game, Klopp explained his frustration.
“Yes, definitely [Kane should have been shown a red card],” Klopp told Sky Sports. “We can give Robbo a red card, it’s not the smartest challenge of his life, that’s how it is. But that’s [Kane on Robertson] definitely a red card, no doubt about that.
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“People will say his leg is in the air, but that’s pure coincidence. Harry cannot judge that and if Robbo’s leg is on the ground, then it’s a broken leg, no doubt about that.”
On the Jota penalty claim, Klopp added: “Mr Tierney told me he thinks Diogo stops on purpose because he wants the foul. First and foremost if you want to shoot you have to stop because he cannot run and shoot in the same moment.
“It will always be helpful if people have played football themselves in the past.”
Despite the German’s criticism of Tierney, Sky Sports have revealed that the Football Association will take no further action following a review.
Klopp was shown a yellow card for his reaction to Kane’s first-half challenge on Robertson.
Elsewhere, West Ham are in ‘negotiations’ to sign Lille striker Jonathan David in January, according to reports.
David joined the French outfit from Gent in August 2020, helping Les Dogues win the Ligue 1 title in his maiden season.
The Hammers’ only out-and-out striker is Michail Antonio, who is without a goal in his last 13 appearances.
David would apparently cost the Hammers €50million (£42.7m) if they want to sign him in January, with a report from Fichajes claiming negotiations are underway.
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