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Kane certain he should not have been sent off in Spurs-Liverpool thriller

SoccerNews in English Premier League 19 Dec 2021

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Harry Kane has no doubts his tackle on Andrew Robertson during Sunday’s clash between Tottenham and Liverpool was not worthy of a red card.

Kane opened the scoring 13 minutes into an enthralling encounter at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with the points ultimately shared in a 2-2 draw.

Diogo Jota and Robertson turned things around in Liverpool’s favour, before Alisson’s mistake gifted Son Heung-min an equaliser.

Robertson was then sent off for swiping out on Emerson Royal, as Liverpool held on for a draw that at least kept them within a win of leaders Manchester City heading into Christmas.

However, matters might have been different had Kane seen red for a lunge on Robertson midway through the first half.

The England captain missed the ball and caught Robertson’s leg, but referee Paul Tierney deemed the challenge worthy of only a booking, while VAR did not intervene.

Asked if he felt he got lucky, Kane told Sky Sports: “No. Definitely not. It was a strong tackle but I thought I won the ball.

“Obviously I haven’t seen it back. When you are playing against top sides and fighting for points sometimes there will be strong tackles. They checked it and we move on.

“It didn’t feel like it and Andy [Robertson] on the pitch said, ‘you just caught my foot’.

“When you slow things down it makes it look a little worse than it is. That’s what VAR is there for.”

Kane’s strike was only his second in the league this season and his first at home since May. Indeed, his last three home top-flight goals have come under different managers: Jose Mourinho, Ryan Mason and Antonio Conte.

The match saw 28 attempts in total – 10 for Tottenham and 18 for Liverpool – with Spurs squandering several golden chances, while the Reds may feel aggrieved by some of the decisions.

“It was a great game to be involved in and am sure it was a great game to watch as well,” Kane added.

“There were plenty of chances at both ends. We had some clear chances that we had to do better with to be honest. Overall it was a tough battle against a very good side. We move forward to the next one now.

“When we were 1-0 up we had two clear-cut chances. Sonny tried to take on the keeper and he made a great save from Dele’s [Alli]. If we score both of those the game is clear.

“You’re playing against a top side and you have to take your chances, and we had more than enough to win the game. Overall I thought it was a great performance.

“It was nice to score, it’s been a few games since I scored especially here at home in the Premier League but on another day there’s a couple more I could have taken.”

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