Skip to content

Mauricio Pochettino lavishes praise on officials for 'amazing' decisions against Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04:  Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates his sides second goal during the Premier League match betwe
Image: Mauricio Pochettino celebrates Harry Kane's last-gasp penalty

Mauricio Pochettino was full of praise for the officials for awarding Tottenham two penalties as his team snatched a late point against Liverpool.

Harry Kane missed the first before scoring the second during a 2-2 draw in which referee Jon Moss and his assistant were in the thick of the action.

With five minutes remaining, Dejan Lovren's swing and a miss put Kane, who appeared debatably offside, clean through and Moss ruled he had been brought down by Karius.

After a long discussion with his assistant, Moss stood by his decision but Loris Karius redeemed himself by saving the spot-kick Kane hit straight down the middle.

Into added time Salah then managed to weave himself past three defenders to lash a shot into the roof of the net to put Liverpool 2-1 up but, when Virgil van Dijk caught Erik Lamela with an attempted clearance, the assistant referee flagged and Kane did not miss second time around.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Jurgen Klopp was unimpressed with the two penalties awarded to Tottehham, saying 'it's hard to accept the decisions'.

Pochettino was seen running onto the pitch at full-time to celebrate with his players and went over to have a word with the officials.

When asked what he said to Moss and his assistant, he said: "I congratulated the referee.

Also See:

"To show that sort of character. It was difficult to know at the time if they were right, but in the dressing room I confirmed that they were right in every single decision.

"Sometimes we complain about them - I don't - as I decided a long time ago to stop complaining. It's important to recognise when they are right because it's a very difficult job for them.

"If Dejan Lovren doesn't touch the ball, he's offside, but it's clear that he touched the ball, so he's onside. The second one is a clear foul by Virgil van Dijk - it's an amazing decision as the referee and the assistant are so focused. I have to congratulate them as it's a very difficult decision."

Fantasy Head to Head
Fantasy Head to Head

Challenge a mate in our brand new Fantasy Football head-to-head mode. Play for free!

Around Sky