Sky Sports expert delivers definitive verdict on major flashpoints in Liverpool v Tottenham
Former Premier League referee and current Sky Sports expert Dermot Gallagher has said that the officials got both of the penalty decisions right in Tottenham’s dramatic draw at Liverpool on Sunday.
The two sides played out an enthralling 2-2 stalemate at Anfield, with much of the action taking place in the final 15 minutes of the game.
It took Tottenham until the 80th minute to cancel out Mohamed Salah’s first half strike, with substitute Victor Wanyama netting his first goal of the season with a thunderous effort from outside the box which flew past Lorus Karius in the Liverpool net.
The Lilywhites then had the opportunity to turn the game on its head just seven minutes later, the German goalkeeper bringing Harry Kane down in the box, although it appeared as though the England striker was offside when the ball was played.
However Kane’s effort was saved, and Mohamed Salah looked to have secured victory with an injury time goal which sent Jurgen Klopp storming down the touchline in celebration.
It was Spurs who would have the final say though, with Virgil van Dijk’s clumsy kick on Erik Lamela giving Kane a second opportunity to net from the spot, and his effort hit the back of the net to secure a point for Mauricio Pochettino and his men.
Speaking after the game, Klopp suggested that the officials, who took their time over the penalty decisions, got both wrong, but Gallagher definitively states that Jon Moss and his team were right on both counts.
He told Sky Sports: “The first penalty is very interesting. Kane is in an offside position and [Dejan] Lovren has the chance to clear the ball and takes a chance.
“Lovren miskicks the ball so Kane is therefore onside. It might have taken a bit of time but at the end they came to the right decision and both officials should be applauded.
“( For the second penalty) There’s no doubt there’s a foul and it’s another example of great teamwork between the two [Moss and assistant Eddie Smart]. It underpins the strength of their game.”
Liverpool’s next game sees them travel to the south coast to take on Southampton next Sunday, while Spurs have a midweek FA Cup replay against Newport County at Wembley to contend with.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs fans have taken to Twitter to destroy one of the Reds’ favourites after the match.