EPL aftermath: I am no diver, says Tottenham's Harry Kane
Spurs striker Kane says Liverpool's Van Dijk was wrong to claim that he dived to win a penalty during 2-2 draw
Liverpool's Loris Karius fouls Spurs' Harry Kane (left) during an EPL match on Sunday. pic/Getty Images
Tottenham striker Harry Kane has hit back at Virgil van Dijk's claim he is a diver. Liverpool defender claimed the England international went down far too easily under pressure from goalkeeper Loris Karius for the first of two Spurs penalties in the 2-2 draw at Anfield. Kane, whose first spot-kick was saved but converted a second in the fifth minute of added time to salvage a point and reach 100 Premier League goals, denied the Dutchman's allegation. "He (Karius) has dived, he got in the way and I'm a player, I'm not going to jump out of the way because it's football," said Kane. "I felt contact and I went down."
Assistant referee Ed Smart flagged for a Van Dijk foul on Erik Lamela for the second penalty award after match official Jon Moss had waved play on. "I thought the linesman showed amazing character to give [the second penalty] because a lot happened for the first one about the linesman so to give that penalty was massive — and it was a penalty," added Kane. Kane's late strike brought up a century of EPL goal in his 141st match. Only, Alan Shearer (124) reached the landmark more quickly.
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