Tierney warned over Klopp row as Liverpool ‘may lodge complaint’

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reviews the Spurs win

Jurgen Klopp has received the backing of Liverpool icon John Aldridge in his row with Paul Tierney, with the referee warned he could be facing a possible complaint from the Reds. Tierney was accused by Klopp of going “against” Liverpool with his decisions in the 4-3 victory over Tottenham on Sunday, after booking the manager for his overzealous celebrations in the final moments of the clash at Anfield.

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Klopp was incensed to have been shown a yellow card by Tierney after celebrating in an intimidating manner in front of fourth official John Brooks. The German doubled down on his anger in the aftermath of their last-gasp win, accusing Tierney of having a problem with him before refusing to divulge what it was.

“We have our history with Tierney, I really don’t know what he has against us. He has said there [are] no problems but that cannot be true. How he looks at me, I don’t understand it,” he told Sky Sports. “In England nobody has to clarify these situations, it’s really tricky and hard to understand. What he said to me when he gave me the yellow card is not okay.”

Commenting on the incident, Aldridge backed up the claims made by Klopp by suggesting Tierney’s previous performances when officiating Liverpool games pointed to a pattern.

“I could not believe some of the decisions made by Paul Tierney,” Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column. “It is well known we have experienced problems in matches involving Tierney in the past, and it was no different at the weekend during our win against Spurs.”

Aldridge then theorised that Liverpool could avoid having the 42-year-old in charge of their games if they make a complaint, but suggested Klopp’s claims should not be taken lightly.

“I don’t know what the solution is with Tierney, in terms of whether he could be taken off our games for the time being. Liverpool could make a complaint, but I don’t know how far you could take that,” he added.

“Jurgen doesn’t really come out with the things he did after the game, so is there an issue of some sort for him to be so emotional about it?”

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There was anger from both managers as Tottenham’s interim coach Ryan Mason struggled to comprehend how Diogo Jota was not sent off for a high boot in the second half, catching Oliver Skipp in the face and leaving the Spurs midfielder with a bloody nose.

The Portuguese then went on to score the winning goal to rub more salt into Tottenham’s wounds, having fought back from 3-0 down to level in stoppage time through Richarlison only to concede two minutes later.

The Professional Game Match Officials League (PGMOL), the organisation that appoints referees for Premier League games, issued a statement insisting they had found nothing ‘improper’ said by Tierney after reviewing the audio communication between Wigan-born official and Klopp.

“PGMOL is aware of the comments made by Jurgen Klopp after his side’s fixture with Tottenham Hotspur. Match officials in the Premier League are recorded in all games via a communications system.

“Having fully reviewed the audio of referee Paul Tierney from today’s fixture, we can confirm he acted in a professional manner throughout including when issuing the caution to the Liverpool manager. So, therefore, we strongly refute any suggestion that Tierney’s actions were improper.”

They are now facing calls to release the transcript in the name of transparency, but they may be released anyway if Klopp is charged by the Football Association.

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