English Premiership

Karius: Hard to take positives from Spurs draw

2018-02-05 13:39
Loris Karius (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius admits it was difficult to accept a 2-2 draw against Tottenham on Sunday, after conceding a last-gasp penalty that wiped out their lead.

The Reds made the perfect start to the clash as they took the lead in the third minute when Mohamed Salah scored his 20th goal of the season across all competitions.

The hosts looked set to hold on to their lead but in the 80th minute Victor Wanyama equalised for the visitors. Karius saved a Harry Kane penalty in the 87th minute and Salah then seemed to clinch the three points as he completed his brace in the first minute of stoppage time.

However, in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Spurs were awarded a second penalty when Virgil van Dijk was adjudged to have fouled Erik Lamela in the box. Kane stepped up and slotted it to level matters.

"To me, it doesn't feel good at all, I don't know if it's fair or not," Karius told the club's official website.

"I just came in, I didn't see any replays but some say it's very harsh; the first one, offside maybe, the second one, the referee says no and the linesman waves his flag.

"As a player, it's hard to believe what just happened. You score a goal so late and everyone thinks you've got it and then you have to take a point. If you look at it before the game, one point would have maybe been better for us than for them, but if you look at it after we lost two and they won one. 

"We could have been five [points] in front so right now it's still hard to take positives out of it."

Liverpool next travel to St. Mary's Stadium to face relegation-threatened Southampton in a league clash on Sunday.

Kick-off is at 18:30.

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