Harry Kane was confident his tackle on Andy Robertson in the first half in Tottenham’s thrilling 2-2 draw with Liverpool was fair, despite catching the Scot high on the ankle with his studs raised off the ground.
Kane was shown only a yellow card by referee Paul Tierney, much to the chagrin of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, and that decision was supported by VAR who decided that no further action or review was warranted.
Robertson, ironically, was sent off later in the game for a wild swipe on Emerson Royal, though there certainly didn’t appear to be any more malice in that particular challenge.
Speaking after the game, Kane – who opened the scoring with just his second Premier League goal of the season – was confident that his tackle was strong but didn’t warrant further action as he got the ball.
“Definitely not. I thought it was a strong tackle, but I thought I won the ball,” Kane told Sky Sports, when asked whether he thought he was fortunate to stay on the pitch.
“When you’re playing against top sides and fighting for points, sometimes there’s going to be strong tackles. They’ve checked it, it’s stayed a yellow card so we move on.”
England’s captain also bemoaned Tottenham’s wastefulness in front of goal, with a rollercoaster 90 minutes seeing the home side register a season-high xG of 2.62 compared to their opponents’ 1.52.
Son Heung-min and Dele Alli missed glorious opportunities for Spurs, while Kane was also guilty of missing chances that you’d usually expect him to slot home. Consequently, he admitted that the kind of chances Spurs were presented with must be taken against sides with Liverpool’s quality.
“It was a great game to be involved in and I’m sure it was a great game to watch as well. Plenty of chances at both ends, we had some good chances that we need to do better with,” Kane said.
“Overall it was a tough battle against a very good side. We want to win these games but we’ve got to move onto the next one now.
“I think we had two clear-cut chances. Sonny’s tried to take on the keeper and just got it a little bit wrong and then the keeper made a great save from Dele. So 1-0, we score both of those and the game’s pretty clear.
“You’re playing against a top side, you’ve got to take your chances. We had more than enough to win the game.”
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