Liverpool branded ‘arrogant’ and told players deserve ’10-match bans’ for Spurs fouls

Liverpool branded ‘arrogant’ and told players deserve ’10-match bans’ for Spurs fouls

Liverpool play in an “arrogant” manner and should have been given “10-match bans” for their tackles against Tottenham, according to former Italy international Marco Tardelli.

Jurgen Klopp’s side drew 2-2 against Tottenham on Sunday in a match packed full of incident and controversy.

Harry Kane gave Spurs the lead with a precise finish from Tanguy Ndombele’s through-ball before Diogo Jota headed the away side level.

Tottenham spurned a handful of presentable chances and were made to pay when Andy Robertson headed in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s drilled cross.

Son Heung-min equalised thanks to an error from Alisson, but that was not the end of the drama.

Andy Robertson scored and was then sent off against Spurs
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Robertson was sent off for a wild challenge on Emerson Royal, while earlier Kane had escaped the same punishment for a reckless lunge on the Liverpool left-back.

Meanwhile, both teams had penalty shouts turned down by referee Paul Tierney, who was berated for his performance by Klopp.

The match has been given an Italian perspective by former Juventus midfielder and 1982 World Cup winner Tardelli, who analysed Liverpool’s performance through the prism of their upcoming Champions League last-16 tie against Inter Milan.

“I hear people say that Liverpool are unplayable, but no team is, especially against this Inter side,” Tardelli told Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday.

“The important thing is that Inter play with this same hunger and desire to play football. They need a different level of intensity with Liverpool and also a better rapport with the referee.

“The fouls that Liverpool players did against Tottenham yesterday, they’d have received a 10-match ban in Italy.

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Marco Tardelli was not impressed by Liverpool’s behaviour against Spurs
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“Besides, Liverpool are almost arrogant in the way they play, all too aware of how strong they are and the protection that they enjoy.”

Liverpool will face Inter in the first leg of the Champions League knockout tie on February 16 at the San Siro.

The Reds are second in the Premier League, four points adrift of Manchester City, after dropping points at Spurs on the weekend.

Simone Inzaghi’s Inter are top of Serie A, four points clear of Napoli, despite undergoing a major summer rebuild which saw them lose their manager and some star players.

“Inter are comfortably the strongest team in Italy and they have shaken off the stress they had before,” Tardelli added.

Andy Robertson was sent off for a poor challenge on Emerson Royal
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“It wasn’t easy to reboot without Romelu Lukaku, Achraf Hakimi, Christian Eriksen and Antonio Conte, but Inzaghi is immediately credible.”

Inter qualified second from Group D, behind Real Madrid, after taking 10 points from their six matches.

Liverpool became the first English team in the history of the competition to win all six of their games, sweeping aside AC Milan, Porto and Atletico Madrid.

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