Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp criticized Tottenham’s tactics after a 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday, saying: “I don’t like football like this.”
Heung-Min Son’s goal at the start of the second half threatened Klopp’s side with their first home defeat in the Premier League this season, before Luis Diaz settled things late.
However, the draw shows the Reds are dropping two points to put Manchester City at the forefront of the title race ahead of their super Sunday clash with Newcastle, live on Sky Sports from 4pm (starting at 4.30pm).
The Spurs had just over a third of the property, which led Klopp to say, “I’m sorry, I’m the wrong person to ask about [Spurs’ defending] because I don’t like football like this. But that is my personal problem. I think they are world class and I think we should do more for the game.
“This is a game against Liverpool, they have 36 percent possession. But that’s my problem. I can’t train it. That’s why I can’t do it. World-class players, [who] block all the balls. It’s really hard. Atletico Madrid does that. Okay, anyway, just fine, I just can’t. But yes, I respect everything they do. But it’s not me. “
Klopp added: “It was an expected match. It was always clear that Tottenham would appear as they appear, 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 team, which is still in the race to secure the historic Four, will be ready to start again, starting Tuesday against Aston Villa, which is also live on Sky Sports.
“It’s an important point because it’s one point more than before the game,” Klopp said. “That’s how it goes. But we all know what the situation is. We are now at the top of the table.
“If you ask me, my favorite situation would be to stay like this, on the same sum total because City and we are losing the rest of the Premier League games. That would be great. But we all know this is not going to happen.
“Guys are more disappointed than me. It may be because of my age and because I’ve seen almost everything in my life. But let’s go again.”
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 locker room isn’t flying, come on, but there are other games. We just have to keep going.”
‘Anything could have happened’
On the match, Klopp said: “It was always clear, Tottenham would show as he showed, with individual quality and plan of play, it was clear that it would be incredibly difficult.
“It wasn’t easier when you conceded a goal. But I was really pleased with a lot of things I saw in the game.
“We said at half time that we could show more initiative. I thought we did it in the second half and then we conceded a goal.
“Anything can happen after that. Nothing happened. The stadium was, the guys were calm, increasing the pressure without too many openings. We scored a goal.
We could have won, but we could have lost, with their insane counterattack.
Conte in the race for the top four: ‘We’re still in it’
While the result was potentially detrimental to Liverpool’s title hopes, a 1-1 draw at Anfield could also be equally detrimental to Tottenham’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.
The Spurs have narrowed the gap with rivals Arsenal from north London to one point, but the Gunners have a chance to open a four-point lead when they play Leeds at Emirates Stadium on Super Sunday, live at Sky Sports (starting at 2 p.m.).
However, as the Spurs and Arsenal clash on Thursday, also live on Sky Sports, Antonio Conte insists his team is still firmly in the race for the top four.
“There are three games left for us, four games for Arsenal,” Conte said.
“It’s not easy for us, it’s not easy for Arsenal. In November, few people could believe that Tottenham could fight to the end for the Champions League.
“An important match awaits us on Thursday, the London derby against our rival, our rival in this race. I want to win points because it is important to have hope in the Champions League. We are still in the race for the Champions League.”
‘We had a chance to win’
Meanwhile, in the match, Conte thought the draw was a fair result, but insists his side may be disappointed as they had a chance to take all three points.
“It’s not easy to play at the moment against an amazing team, especially at Anfield with a lot of noise. It’s not easy.
“Certainly the good result was positive. On the other hand, I think we may have to be a little disappointed. I saw, in the eyes of my players, disappointment because we had a chance to win.
“But I repeat, good performance. I asked my players to be good in defense and I don’t think we missed a single opportunity. We conceded a goal on the rebound.
“With the ball, I asked my players to show courage, because Liverpool are pushing you in a good way. If you manage to play that, you can find space and have a chance to score.
– But I think the draw is fair.
What’s next for Liverpool & Spurs?
Liverpool’s bid for the Premier League title continues at Aston Villa on Tuesday night, live Sky Sports, as they reunite with former Captain Steven Gerrard; start at 8 p.m. There’s little time to rest for Jurgen Klopp’s foursome before Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley; starting at 4:45 p.m.
The Spurs are also in action in the middle of the week as they face a monumental North London derby, welcoming rivals Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday night, live on Sky Sports, with Champions League qualifiers in line; beginning 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 (a) Premier League, live on Sky Sports
May 22 – wolves (h) Premier League
May 28 – Real Madrid (n) Champions League final
Spurs match schedule
May 12 – Arsenal (h), live on Sky Sports
May 15 – Burnley (h)
May 22 – Norwich (a)