‘Kane Dived And No One is Talking About it’ – Van Dijk
Liverpool defender, Virgil van Dijk has slammed Harry Kane for diving in their thrilling 2-2 draw against Tottenham.
Kane rescued a late draw for Tottenham, converting from the spot after missing an earlier penalty. The initial penalty was awarded after Karius was adjudged to have fouled Kane, but replay showed minimal contact. The penalty was saved by Karius.
The linesman awarded the second penalty, after referee Jon Moss had waved away Spurs protest for one. Van Dijk claims innocence in that encounter with Lamela and believes that Kane did not only dive, but was also offside in the buildup to the first penalty.
“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.
“There were loads of things going on. I think the first goal was offside and then (for the second one) it is a decision the ref already made and the ref is closer than the linesman. Unlucky I think. I thought it was a bit harsh.
“I see him coming in the end and I try and hold my leg in, he just pulled his body in front of the ball and he goes down. The ref said play on and I was very disappointed that the linesman said otherwise.
“First of all it was offside and secondly he just put his body in front of me. I don’t think that is a penalty and the same with the first one. That is also clearly not a penalty.”