Cristian Romero has hit back at Liverpool midfielder Alexis Mac Allister after receiving a frustrated message following Tottenham’s late winner on Saturday. Mac Allister, who was taken off as Jurgen Klopp attempted to shore up his side having gone down to nine men in the second half, fired an angry response to his international team mate online following the game.
Although the match was fuelled with controversy and was furiously-fast paced from the start, it never bubbled over onto the field between the players. As Joel Matip put through his own goal in the 96th minute there was simply jubilation inside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium rather tension with opposition players.
Mac Allister had to watch on as his side conceded late on despite holding out for over 25 minutes with nine men having already been down to 10 men inside half an hour. Firstly, Curtis Jones was sent off after VAR assistant Darren England advised Simon Hooper to check his original decision after a tackle on Yves Bissouma but it was Luis Diaz’s disallowed goal that caused the biggest unrest.
Just moments after the first sending off Diaz thought he had put his side ahead but the strike was ruled out due to an offside in the build up. Initial images appeared close but further inspection showed that the wrong outcome had been reached.
After a furious outburst from Klopp at full-time, refereeing body PGMOL released a statement confirming that ‘a significant human error occurred‘ and that the goal should have stood. This fanned the flames of Liverpool fans throughout and lead to raised tempers after the game, especially following Matip’s late goal.
Taking to social media afterwards Romero, who had jumped onto the advertising boards to celebrate with his teammates and fans, wrote: “This team has great spirit, great heart. always like this, all together.” Fellow World Cup winner and rival on the day, Mac Allister, responded: “Normal when you play with 12..”