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Liverpool's Klopp backs Spurs' Kane over 'ghost goal'

Kane was retrospectively awarded a goal after the Premier League ruled the striker touched the ball with his shoulder. Credit: PA

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has played down the fuss over Harry Kane's eagerness to beat Mohamed Salah to the Premier League Golden Boot.

Kane this week enhanced his chances of winning the prize for the third straight season when he was awarded Spurs' second goal in last weekend's 2-1 win at Stoke, after it had originally been credited to Christian Eriksen.

It took Kane's tally to 25 goals for the campaign - four behind Liverpool's Salah who, along with a number of his team-mates, immediately took to Twitter and appeared to question the decision.

But Klopp, speaking at his press conference on Friday, said: "I know Harry, he's a fantastic player. He looks like a good guy. If he felt it then he felt it."

Pochettino says Kane being awarded goal 'isn't a big issue'

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Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham's second goal at Stoke last weekend being awarded to Harry Kane is "not a big issue".

Kane was given the goal by the Premier League on Thursday after it was originally awarded to Christian Eriksen, taking his league tally this season to 25 and keeping him in the race for a third successive Golden Boot.

The decision has been met with some scepticism, not least from Kane's Golden Boot rival Mohamed Salah, but boss Pochettino is relaxed about the situation.

He said: "Of course after the game, Harry said, 'I touched the ball with my right shoulder'. He told Christian.

"Harry's a very honest person, he's not going to lie about this situation. But it's not a big issue, not a big deal for the team."

Pochettino has gone on record as not caring who scored the goal, while also suggesting the decision to appeal it was not down to him.

"I care about the goal because it provided us the three points but all that happens after is more players' decisions or the club's decision," he added.

"I don't care who scored the goal, I care about the three points.

"But that was a club decision to appeal. I wasn't involved in this decision.

"Of course I think and I'm sure that Harry and Christian were agreed to do this, but no one says to me what was going to happen.

Kane awarded Spurs' second against Stoke

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Harry Kane has been handed a boost in his bid for a third successive Premier League Golden Boot after being awarded Tottenham's second goal at Stoke.

The goal was originally given to Christian Eriksen but after Spurs appealed to the Premier League's goal accreditation appeals panel the decision was overturned and Kane's tally now stands at 25, four behind leading scorer Mo Salah.

The decision also means that Kane's overall tally is 36, representing the most prolific season of his career.

Kane was adamant he got a touch on Eriksen's wicked free-kick at Stoke, which turned out to be the decisive moment in a 2-1 win.

It was officially awarded to the Dane, but after Kane swore on his daughter's life after the game that he got a touch the Premier League have made the change.

They said in a statement: "The goal had originally been awarded on the day to Christian Eriksen, but after taking the player's testimony into account and reviewing the match footage, a three-person panel agreed that the final touch on the ball belonged to Kane."

Kane won the Golden Boot in both 2015-16 and 2016-17 with 25 and 29 goals respectively, but he still faces a battle for a hat-trick given the fine form of Liverpool's Salah.

The England striker, who has just returned from an ankle injury, has six games to try and haul back Salah, starting with the visit of Manchester City on Saturday.

Salah, who has scored 11 goals in his last eight Premier League games, appeared to question the decision on Twitter.

Kane 'goal' decision to be made on Wednesday

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Harry Kane will not have to wait long to find out whether he scored his 25th Premier League goal of the season against Stoke last weekend.

The Tottenham striker claimed he had touched in Christian Eriksen's free-kick with his shoulder for Spurs' second goal in the 2-1 victory but it was awarded to the Dane.

Kane said: "I swear on my daughter's life that I touched the ball, but there's nothing I can do. If they (the Premier League) turn it around, they turn it around. If they take my word, they take my word."

Tottenham have appealed to the Premier League to have the goal given to Kane and the issue was being looked at on Tuesday, with a decision likely to be made by Wednesday.

Kane has not scored since February 25 - with his momentum stalled by an ankle injury - and his tally of 24 Premier League goals puts him five behind Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in the race for the Golden Boot.

Kane remains confident he can pip Salah irrespective of how the appeal turns out, saying: "I still believe I can. Whatever happens, there are still games to go. I've got to focus on my game. I can't control what he does.

"Obviously as a striker, it would be great to win the Golden Boot again and I will keep working hard from now until the end of the season."

Tottenham have six league games left, with the their next clash coming against Manchester City on Saturday, while Liverpool have five matches remaining.


Kane could make Spurs' Chelsea clash, says Pochettino

Harry Kane has been out with an ankle injury since limping off against Bournemouth Credit: PA

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has refused to rule Harry Kane out of Sunday's Premier League clash at Chelsea.

The striker suffered ankle ligament damage before the international break and Spurs said he would not be ready to return to training until April.

They confirmed on Thursday that Kane had "stepped up his rehabilitation" and Pochettino will give him every chance of being fit.

"We need to assess him. He is very positive and he is doing very well. Every day he is improving," Pochettino said.

"We need to assess in the next few days. It's difficult now to say yes or no. I cannot say no, but I cannot say yes.

"Maybe next weekend. But the most important (thing) is that we are so positive about his recovery, and we are doing fantastic, and we are so happy.

"After Bournemouth, everybody believed it would be a long period out, but the resolution has been fantastic."

Spurs could do with their 31-goal striker being fit as they head across London hoping to take a significant step towards Champions League qualification, while also ending a 28-year hoodoo at Stamford Bridge.

Pochettino, who ranks Spurs' rivalry with Chelsea on a par with Arsenal, does not think it is a winner-takes-all game.

"I think it's always a massive game because it's a London derby," he said. "It will be a massive game for both teams.

"Of course there is still a lot of games to play, this is not a final, this is not a decisive game, but always it is important for your confidence, your motivation. To win in Chelsea would be fantastic for everyone."

Kane expected back in Spurs training next month

Kane limped out of Spurs 4-1 win over Bournemouth. Credit: PA

Tottenham have announced that striker Harry Kane has damaged lateral ligaments in his right ankle and is expected back in training next month.

The England forward suffered the problem during Sunday's 4-1 Premier League win at Bournemouth.

A scan to establish a clearer picture of the full extent of his injury had been delayed because of swelling around the joint, but the club issued a statement via Twitter on Wednesday which said: "Preliminary assessments have confirmed that @HKane has damaged lateral ligaments in his right ankle."

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