Jurgen Klopp has hit out at referee Paul Tierney after Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-3 on Sunday. The Reds blew a 3-0 lead against Spurs but managed to secure a win in injury time of the second half. After the 4-3 from Portuguese forward Jota, Klopp sprinted over to the fourth official to cheer in his face. Tierney then gave the German a yellow card.
Klopp and Tierney have not been the best of friends over the past few years and on Sunday the Liverpool boss criticized the referee again. “I don’t repeat what he has against us,” Klopp told Sky Sports after the game. “He says nothing is wrong, but that can’t be true. The way he looks at me, I don’t understand… My cheering was unnecessary, that’s right, but what he said to me when he gave me a yellow card is not okay!”
Klopp did not want to elaborate m ore on the incident to avoid any conflict or possible suspension but the referees’ association made a statement. “Referees are recorded during Premier League matches. After listening to the audio, we can confirm that he behaved in a professional manner and we dispute that his actions were inappropriate.” Earlier on Klopp received fines for his comments on referees. In 2019 he received a 50.000 fine after he criticized Kevin Friend.