There continues to be fallout from the absolutely bonkers end to the draw between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Sunday, and the lines have been clearly drawn between Liverpool supporters and Spurs fans. And now the players are weighing in.
First, here’s Liverpool’s Virgil Van Dijk, who (naturally) denies that he kicked Erik Lamela but also had the gall to suggest that Harry Kane had dived in the box to earn the first penalty.
“I think the first penalty was offside and I think it is a dive. You see him (Kane) diving clearly and no-one is talking about that.
“There is a lot of discussion about whether it is offside, yes or no, but I think it was offside as well. The referee made his decision together with the linesman. It was good for us that it was saved.”
Kane obviously isn’t going to let that one go, and he hit back against those accusations.
“[Karius] dived, he got in the way and I’m a player, I’m not going to jump out of the way because it’s football.
I definitely felt contact and I went down.”
I mean, I’m not sure this is even a question. Take away the whole “was he offside” controversy (which, to be fair, Liverpool fans kind of have a point about) for a second: Karius rushed out on Kane and clipped him on the foot. There’s contact. Kane went down. That’s a foul. If you put your Liverpool spectacles on and want to make an argument that it was soft contact, go ahead, but that’s the kind of contact that gets called almost every time in football.
And ultimately the whole thing doesn’t matter, because Kane missed the penalty, so whatever. Karma, man. Time to let that one go.
Kane also weighed in on Tottenham’s second penalty, which was spotted and flagged by the linesman in the 95th minute after Van Dijk kicked Erik Lamela in the back of the leg.
“I thought the linesman showed amazing character to give (the second penalty) because a lot happened for the first one about the linesman, so to give that penalty was massive - and it was a penalty.”
Obviously both sides are already firmly entrenched in their positions, with Liverpool fans going with the “Spurs are dirty cheaters and the ref threw the game for Tottenham” angle and Spurs fans sticking with the “LOL U MAD BRO” angle. In the end, nothing will ever be resolved here and a draw is a good and fair result.