The Super Sunday clash between Liverpool and Tottenham certainly lived up to its billing, as fans witnessed a classic Premier League encounter at Anfield.
Mauricio Pochettino’s visitors were awarded not one, but two dubious penalties during an eventual 2-2 draw on the red half of Merseyside.
Spurs frontman Harry Kane earned his side a spot-kick, before Erik Lamela won another for the visitors after being fouled by Virgil van Dijk.
Although, the first decision had everyone talking, with Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen, Liverpool‘s Emre Can and the match officials having deliberated over the penalty for some time.
With the match finely posed at 1-1, referee Jon Moss and linesman Eddie Smart halted proceedings to debate whether Kane was offside or if Dejan Lovren played him on.
During their chat, Can and Eriksen also got involved in the conversation to have their say on the matter as well.
A full transcript of the conversation from 101 Great Goals has since come to light and it’s very interesting.
Smart: “All I need to know is, did Lovren touch the ball?”
Moss: “I don’t know.”
Smart: “If he’s not touched the ball, it is offside, so you’re chalking off the penalty. It has to be offside if Lovren has not touched the ball.”
Eriksen: “He did touch the ball.”
Can: “He didn’t touch the ball.”
Moss: “Just talk to me again.”
Smart: “You know what I’m asking; I need to clarify, has Lovren touched the ball? If he has, it’s a deliberate action and, therefore, it’s a penalty. If he has not, it is offside.”
Moss: “I have no idea whether Lovren touched the ball to be honest with you. Martin, have you got anything from TV? I’m giving the penalty.”
The penalty was ultimately given, which Kane missed, before striking in stoppage time to secure his side a late point with what was his 100th Premier League goal.