Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho makes Liverpool red card accusation over Giovanni Lo Celso

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Jose Mourinho has claimed he was forced to substitute Giovanni Lo Ceslo in his side’s defeat to Liverpool due to the behaviour of the Reds coaching staff. The Tottenham boss has accused the Liverpool bench of trying to get the player sent off.  

Liverpool sealed a dramatic victory in the top of the table clash at Anfield when Roberto Firmino headed home a 90th minute winner from Andy Robertson’s corner. 

Earlier, Mohamed Salah had given Liverpool the lead when his deflected shot looped over Hugo Lloris. 

Within minutes Spurs drew level after Lo Celso’s excellent through ball found Son Heung-min who applied a cool finish from just inside the penalty area. 

Midfielder Lo Celso then picked up a yellow card two minutes after half time and was replaced by Mourinho for Lucas Moura just before the hour mark. 

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The Tottenham manager has since revealed that rather than a tactical decision, the change was enforced by fear the player would be sent off. 

Having already drawn attention to Jurgen Klopp’s touchline behaviour and claiming he would be treated differently if he acted the same, Mourinho has now suggested the Liverpool bench were actively trying to get his player dismissed.

“At half-time we moved a little bit the pieces to try and improve, which we did,” Mourinho said. 

“The tactical changes were to try to give Gio Lo Celso more space coming from the right to start having a little bit more of the ball and find counter-attack situations, which we did immediately in the first 10 minutes.”


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“With this yellow card and the behaviour of these guys they have on the touchline, putting incredible pressure on referees I feared for a possible second yellow card. 

“And Gio was playing exactly in front of their bench in an area that (was) very dangerous. So I was afraid of the yellow card and I had to take him off.” 

At full-time, the two manager’s looked to have exchanged heated words on the touchline, with fourth official Mike Dean having to step between the two before the situation escalated. 

Mourinho didn’t hold back his frustration, saying he made it clear to Klopp he thought the result was unfair of his Tottenham side.

“The best team lost and he disagreed but that’s his opinion,” he told Amazon Prime.

“If I behave that way on the touchline I have no chance to stay there. I am out in a minute.”

The result saw Liverpool overtake Spurs at the top of the Premier League after the North Londoners previously led on goal difference. 

Asked about the exchange with Mourinho at full time, Klopp confirms the two men had a difference of opinion on the game. 

“Jose told me ‘the better team lost’. I thought he was joking, but he wasn’t,” he said.

“It was just a really good game against a counter-attacking monster, the possession we had we did incredibly well. 

“The best way to defend Tottenham is to keep the ball all the time.

“Yes, they have scored a goal and had two chances. Apart from that, we controlled the game and it is a massively deserved three points.”

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