Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp appeared to hit out at Tottenham’s ‘game plan’ after the Lilywhites battled their way to a crucial draw at Anfield.
It could have been worse for Liverpool, after Tottenham took the lead with a fine team move finished off by Son Heung-min on 56 minutes.
Liverpool’s equalizer, which arrived 18 minutes later, was lucky in isolation but deserved on the balance of play.
Luis Diaz’s shot from outside the penalty area took a massive deflection off Rodrigo Bentancur on its way past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.
Despite Liverpool dominating possession they lacked their usual killer instinct and Spurs could easily have claimed all three points as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg missed a huge late chance.
Klopp wasn’t best pleased with Antonio Conte’s tactics after the game, annoyed by Spurs’ “time wasting” and putting the boot in by stating “they are still fifth”.
After the final whistle, Klopp told BT Sport: “The dressing room is not flying in this moment. But come on, something like this can always happen. There are other games to play, we just have to keep going.
“I wish we could have won this game, but with all the praise for Tottenham – they sit back. They drew against us, got results against Man City and Chelsea. The game plan works for these games but they are still fifth. Time wasting, these kind of things, it makes it easier for them. We wanted three points, that’s not so cool.”
These Klopp’s comments were shared on Twitter and it attracted plenty of attention from the club’s supporters.
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“That’s actually a lack of respect for his opponents.”
“He should be happy teams don’t play against liverpool like they do against us. When a team finally plays smart against them, he immediately complains.”
“The biggest compliment I can ever give to Pep Guardiola is his answers in times like these are perfect 99.9% of the time. He would never belittle an opponent or their tactics..”
“Pep is so respectful unlike Jurgen Klopp.”
“Spurs are literally the reason they’re even in this title race.”
“He is pathetic the way he talks whenever he drop points.”