Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp wasn’t a happy man with his Tottenham Hotspur counterpart Antonio Conte following their draw on Saturday night.
Spurs held Klopp’s side to a 1-1 draw in the tie staged at Anfield with the result giving Manchester City who has played a game less advantage in the Premier League title race.
While Klopp praised his side’s performance, he questioned Spurs’ approach to big games compared to their own league position after the game.
“I’m really happy with the performance and proud of the mentality we showed against an incredibly good opponent with a game plan. We had to win and they sit back and do counter-attacks.
“I thought we had a few things today which were on a completely different level. The counter-press was outstanding. They scored their goal and we had to stay calm and increase the pressure, so that was a massive challenge, but we did it. We got the equalizer. It’s obviously not the result we wanted, but it’s the performance we wanted,” Klopp said.
“I wish we could have won this game, but with all the praise for Tottenham, a world-class team – they sit back. They drew against us, and got results against Man City and Chelsea. The game plan works for these games but they are still fifth, so that’s how it is. Time wasting, these kinds of things, it makes it easier for them. We wanted three points, that’s not so cool,” he continued.
Son Heung-min opened the scoring for Conte’s side but eventually saw his goal canceled out by Luis Diaz, whose deflected effort earned Liverpool a point.