Jamie Redknapp has insisted that Tottenham ‘didn’t deserve’ to beat Liverpool in Saturday’s controversial evening kick off.
Spurs came out 2-1 winners from a thrilling game in North London, benefitting from a late stoppage time Joel Matip own goal with the Reds down to nine men following two red cards.
Curtis Jones was sent off in the first half after a VAR review for a high challenge on Yves Bissouma, before Diogo Jota was shown two quick yellow cards with 20 minutes remaining.
Liverpool almost held out, and even saw a goal ruled out for offside despite goal scorer Luis Diaz clearly being onside – PGMOL have since apologised to Liverpool.
But it was Tottenham who took the three points from the game to move up to second in the Premier League, ending Liverpool’s unbeaten run – but Redknapp, speaking on Sky Sports, insisted they were fortunate to do so.
Jamie Redknapp has insisted that Tottenham ‘didn’t deserve’ to beat Liverpool on Saturday
Tottenham eventually won 2-1 despite a flurry on VAR controversies throughout the game match in North London
Redknapp said Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou ‘will believe that he can do no wrong’ following the win
‘I don’t think spurs deserved to win today, I have to be honest,’ he said. ‘I thought they had a lot of luck, a few VAR decisions went their way, but they have got this lovely habit right now of scoring last minute winners.
‘They did it against Sheffield United, they’ve done it again today, there’s a bit of belief, there’s a lot of confidence. I think they struggled to break down Liverpool towards the end of that game and it was a cruel, cruel moment for Joel Matip, but that’s football sometimes.
‘[It was] A big three points for Spurs. Ange Postecoglou will believe right now that he can do no wrong.’
The victory came about when Liverpool had nine men on the pitch and scored a stoppage time own goal
Liverpool tightened up at the back after they lost two players, taking off all attackers towards the end of the game and ending up with five defenders and three midfielders on the pitch.
For the majority they kept their hosts at an arm’s length, with the majority of the football being played in a congested middle of the park before the winner came from a cross from Pedro Porro.
The Reds still tried to win the game via set pieces, but it was a step to far. Andros Townsend, also speaking on Sky, applausded Liverpool’s efforts but disagreed with his colleague Redknapp on the outcome.
‘Just look at the pictures, absolutely sensational,’ he said. ‘Liverpool go their tactics spot on. They got in two banks of four and relied on Salah’s pace. I thought they might nick this. Spurs were forced wide. Tottenham were crossing to the big men. One final attempt, a low cross causes havoc and Spurs get a deserved win.’