Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp slammed Tottenham’s tactics after their 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday, saying: “I don’t like that kind of football.”
Heung-Min Son’s goal early in the second half had threatened to bring a first Premier League home defeat of the season for Klopp’s side, before Luis Diaz leveled things later.
However, the draw sees the Reds drop two points to put Manchester City ahead in the title race ahead of their Super Sunday clash with Newcastle, live on Sky Sports from 4pm (kick-off 4.30pm).
Spurs had just over a third possession, prompting Klopp to say: “I’m sorry, I’m not the right person to ask about [Spurs’ defending] because I don’t like that kind of football. But that’s my personal problem. I think they are world class and I think they should do more for the game.
“It’s a game against Liverpool, they have 36 per cent possession. But that’s my problem. I can’t coach him. That’s why I can’t do it. World-class players, [who] block all balls. It’s really difficult. Atlético Madrid does. Well, whatever, absolutely fine, I just can’t. But yes I respect everything they do. But it’s not me.”
Klopp added: “It was the expected game. It was always clear that Tottenham would present themselves as they would present themselves, with all the individual quality they have and the game plan they have, it was clear that it would be incredibly difficult.”
Despite the disappointment, Klopp insists his side, who are still in contention for a historic quadruple, will be ready to go again, starting on Tuesday against Aston Villa, which is also live on Sky Sports.
“It’s an important point because it’s one more point than before the game,” Klopp said. “That’s how it is. But we all know the situation. We are now at the top of the standings.
“If you ask me, my favorite situation would be if it stays that way, with the same total points because City and we lose the rest of the Premier League games. That would be great. But we all know it’s not going to happen. pass.
“The boys are more disappointed than me. Maybe it’s because of my age and because I’ve seen almost everything in my life. But we will go back.”
He added: “It’s incredibly difficult to play against an opponent with world-class players and a world-class manager when they’ve had a week to prepare and we play every three days.
“The dressing room is not flying, come on, but there are other games to play. We just have to keep going.”
“Anything could have happened”
On the game, Klopp said: “It was always clear, Tottenham would show as they show, with individual quality and a game plan, it was clear it would be incredibly difficult.
“It hasn’t been easier when you concede a goal. But I was really happy with a lot of things I saw in the game.
“We said at half-time that we could have shown more initiative. I thought we did in the second half and then we conceded a goal.
“Anything can happen after that. Nothing happened. The stadium was there, the boys stayed calm, increasing the pressure without opening up too much. We scored a goal.
“We could have won, but we could have lost too, with their crazy counterattack.”
Conte in the top four: “We are still there”
While the result was potentially damaging to Liverpool’s title hopes, the 1-1 draw at Anfield could also be just as damaging to Tottenham’s Champions League qualification hopes.
Spurs have closed the gap to north London rivals Arsenal to one point, but the Gunners have the chance to open a four-point gap when they face Leeds at the Emirates Stadium on Super Sunday, in live on Sky Sports (kick-off 2 p.m.).
However, with Spurs and Arsenal set to face off on Thursday, also live on Sky Sports, Antonio Conte insists his side are still firmly in the hunt for the top four.
“We have three games left, four games for Arsenal,” said Conte.
“Not easy for us, not easy for Arsenal. In November, few people could believe that Tottenham could fight to the end for the Champions League.
“Thursday we have an important game, a London derby against our rival, our rival in this race. I want to take points because it is important to have the hope of the Champions League. We are still in the race to the Champions League.”
“We were lucky to win the game”
Meanwhile, on the game, Conte thought the draw was a fair result but insists his side may be disappointed as they were lucky to take all three points.
“It’s not easy to play against an incredible team at the moment, especially at Anfield with a lot of noise. It’s not easy.
“Of course, having a good result was positive. On the other hand, I think maybe we have to be a bit disappointed. I saw, in the eyes of my players, disappointment because we had the chance of winning the game.
“But I repeat, a good performance. I asked my players to be good defensively and I don’t think we conceded any chances. We conceded a goal on a deflection.
“With the ball, I’ve asked my players to show courage because Liverpool are pressing you in the right direction. If you can play to the end, you can find space and have chances to score.
“But I think the draw is fair.”
What’s next for Liverpool and Spurs?
Liverpool’s push for the Premier League title continues at Aston Villa on Tuesday night, live on sky sports, as they reunite with former captain Steven Gerrard; kick off at 8 p.m. There is little rest time for Jurgen Klopp’s four-time chasers ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley; kick off at 4:45 p.m.
Spurs are also in midweek action as they take on a monumental North London derby game, hosting rivals Arsenal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday night, live on sky sports, with Champions League qualification at stake; kick off at 7:45 p.m.
Liverpool match schedule
May 10 – Aston Villa Premier League, live on Sky Sports
May 14 – Chelsea (Wembley) FA Cup Final
May 17 – Southampton Premier League, live on Sky Sports
May 22 – Wolves (h) premier league
May 28 – Real Madrid Champions League final
Spurs match schedule
May 12 – Arsenal (h), live on Sky Sports
May 15 – Burnley (h)
May 22 – Norwich (a)