At the end, there was the sublime and the scandalous. Two scorchers, a full touchline run-and-leap celebration and two contentious penalty decisions, one of which was saved.
In the build-up to Sunday’s showdown, Jurgen Klopp had described encounters between Liverpool and Tottenham as having “nearly everything. It’s like when the two knights pull down their face armour and ride at each other in a joust. Go for it. I really like that. It’s an open fight.”
And at Anfield, that description seemed to be distilled in the final 15 minutes.
Two divergent halves of football – the hosts authoritative in the first, before Spurs swung it their way after the break – produced a fair result in what the Reds boss felt was unjust circumstances.
Referee Jonathan Moss ignored the advice of the linesman to award the first penalty, in which Harry Kane was offside, before then handing Tottenham a second one based entirely on his assistant’s advice.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has hit out at Harry Kane and Erik Lamela for “diving” after Tottenham snatched a draw at the death against Liverpool on Sunday.
Kane scored a penalty in the 95th minute to give Spurs a point and score his 100th Premier League goal , having missed from the spot just minutes before. The initial penalty came after Kane went down under the challenge of goalkeeper Loris Karius, but replays appeared to show that contact was minimal. Karius saved the kick.
The second decision was made by the linesman, after referee Jon Moss had initially waved Spurs protests away, following a challenge from Van Dijk on Lamela.
“I think it is a dive. You see him [Kane] diving clearly and no-one is talking about that. But I think it is a dive,” said Van Dijk, per the Daily Telegraph .
“There is a lot of discussion about whether it is offside, yes or no, but I think it was offside as well. I thought it was a dive. You could just see him making that dive. That is my opinion and the referee thought it was no offside and no dive and he gave a pen.