One moment from Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool in the EFL Cup got Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino riled-up, with the Argentine manager unhappy with the referee’s decision not to reduce the hosts down to ten-men.
Pochettino was highly critical of the Liverpool bench late on in the game and expressed his belief post-match that debutant Trent Alexander-Arnold should have been sent-off in the first-half for a lunge on Ben Davies…
“I think yes. It was a little bit strange at the end of the game. Their bench started to complain about us, about the referee for two actions, when in the first half the full-back Arnold should have been sent off for the tackle, the bad tackle on Ben Davies.
“But again it’s strange when a bench starts to complain with another bench – they should stay calm. It’s the referee who has the authority to decide whether it is or isn’t a penalty. We need to concentrate on the game. For them it was strange at the end of the game for one action which was just a normal foul.”
Liverpool’s younger squad eventually emerged triumphant, inspired by Daniel Sturridge’s brace, but former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher disagreed with the Spurs boss’ views.
Carragher’s view on the situation seems to be the correct one as on second viewing, the referee made the right choice in only branding a yellow card to Liverpool’s young debutant.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) October 25, 2016
Jurgen Klopp’s side will find out their opponents for the quarter-finals this evening following Manchester United’s clash with Manchester City.