Last night, Premier League heavyweights Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool delivered a potential game of the season contender.
The 2-2 thriller will surely go down as a Premier League classic and as it happens so often, the game did get bogged down in controversy due to certain refereeing decisions.
Offical Paul Tierney’s decision to send off Liverpool fullback Andy Robertson after a challenge on Emerson Royal, in particular, had Liverpool fans fuming.
Even before the red card, tensions had begun to boil over with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp forcing a confrontation in the tunnel at halftime with the officials, the reason being Tierney’s decision to not brandish a red card for Harry Kane for a studs-up challenge on Robertson.
The English official further incurred the wrath of Klopp after dismissing a strong penalty shout without a review, and it all came to a climax after the final whistle.
As the whistle rang out indicating the end of the game, it became clear Klopp had a bit more on his mind than mere post-match pleasantries.
The German carried a hint of intent in his stride and a final altercation with the officiating staff looked inevitable.
However, this was delayed due to a rather light-hearted exchange between Klopp and Son Heung-min.
Heung-min Son manages to get a smile out of Jurgen Klopp after the match 🤣 pic.twitter.com/T0bYZThMn4— Football Daily (@footballdaily) December 19, 2021
The South Korean international scored the crucial equalizer for Spurs and also put in a strong performance, business as usual for the number 7.
And if this exchange is anything to go by, it would seem that Klopp is a fan too.
While the words being exchanged between the pair remain inaudible to us, it would not be farfetched to suggest that Klopp potentially offered Son some comments of praise.
The exchange ended as the two let out a huge laugh before heading in different directions, leading to Liverpool fans speculating about a potential transfer next season.
Son to Liverpool confirmed after that conversation between him and Klopp— InJurgenWeTrust (@Kay__Gee) December 19, 2021
Klopp🗣 “Sonny do you think you will ever win a trophy at Spurs?” pic.twitter.com/lVbLC9ortv— Jay-LFC (@JasonLFC1979) December 20, 2021
Although unlikely, especially with the long-term contract he signed earlier this year is considered.
Klopp stopped talking to Son once he told him he still has 4 years left on his contract 😭😭— The President (@AshleyMakgatho) December 19, 2021
Klopp “Wanna join Liverpool” Son just bursts out laughing “no” 🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/0zQRhwkTZ2— MatthewTHFC🇮🇹 (@Matthew48888047) December 20, 2021
In any case, it was heartwarming to see an opposition player and manager come together to share a laugh amidst all the commotion the game brought about.
After that high intensity game with Spurs it was lovely to see Klopp & Son after the final whistle pic.twitter.com/cLzsJNY0qX— Ricky Mann (@RickyMann4) December 19, 2021