Emre Can, Christian Eriksen and the incredible conversation with the officials during Liverpool’s clash with Tottenham

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Emre Can, Christian Eriksen and the incredible conversation with the officials during Liverpool’s clash with Tottenham

LIVERPOOL’S dramatic draw with Tottenham was full of major talking points including Spurs’s two penalty calls.

Both were questionable, but it was the first that sparked a debate between the officials, Liverpool’s Emre Can and Christian Eriksen.

The officials were left in limbo whether Lovren had made contact with the ball

Harry Kane was in an offside position when he was put through on goal before being brought down by keeper Loris Karius.

But the talking point was whether Dejan Lovren had made contact with the ball from Dele Alli’s pass.

If the Croatian hadn’t made contact, then the penalty should have been chalked off.

Referee Jon Moss consulted his assistant Ed Smart but it appeared neither knew the answer.

Referee Jon Moss revealed he had no idea but awarded the penalty anyway Both Eriksen and Can were trying to influence the referee’s decision

Moss then requested whether fourth official Martin Atkinson had any TV footage before deciding to award the penalty before he had seen any evidence.

Footage from Sky Sports revealed their conversation in full.

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Smart: “All I need to know, did Lovren touch the ball?”

Moss: “I don’t know.”

Emre Can was involved in a heated discussion with official Ed SmartReuters

Smart: “If he’s not touched the ball, it is offside, so you’re chalking off the penalty. It has to be offside if Lovren has not touched the ball.”

Christian Eriksen: “He did touch the ball.”

Emre Can: “He didn’t touch the ball.”

Moss “Just talk to me again.”

Question marks were raised as to whether Kane was offside when he was played through on goalGetty - Contributor

Smart: “You know what I’m asking; I need to clarify, has Lovren touched the ball?
“If he has, it’s a deliberate action and, therefore, it’s a penalty. If he has not, it is offside.”

Moss:  “I have no idea whether Lovren touched the ball to be honest with you.
Martin, have you got anything from TV? I’m giving the penalty.”

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was fuming after the game and accused match officials for wanting to be centre of attention.

He raged: “Did you ever hear? I am not allowed to go in their room until half an hour after.

“It was clear offside, unbelievable, I don’t know what they were discussing.”


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