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Tottenham Hotspur: Alasdair Gold hits back at Jurgen Klopp

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Tottenham Hotspur dented Liverpool’s quadruple chances by taking a point off the Reds at Anfield.

It looked like it was going to be an even better day for Antonio Conte’s men on Merseyside as Heung-Min Son opened the scoring in the second period to fire Spurs into an unlikely lead.

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Liverpool’s January recruit Luis Diaz saw a long range strike deflected beyond Hugo Lloris to salvage a point for his side to keep them just about within reaching distance of Manchester City.

After the game, Jurgen Klopp was critical of Spurs’ defensive tactics, saying:

“I’m sorry I’m the wrong person for that, I don’t like this kind of football, but that’s my personal problem. I think they’re world-class and I think they should do more for the game.”

Alasdair Gold was quick to jump on the German’s comments, saying: “If anything, the Liverpool boss should be thankful for that Spurs game-plan because it took six points away from Manchester City this season – accounting for two of their three defeats – and would likely have gifted Klopp’s side the title had they been able to beat Tottenham themselves just once. There were parallels to be found in the discipline of both the displays at the Etihad Stadium and Anfield. Klopp should have known and prepared better.”

TIF thoughts on Gold’s comments…

He is right in terms of Liverpool have to be thankful to Spurs for taking six points off Manchester City this season, with Liverpool only being able to draw with their title rivals.

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However, Klopp’s frustration was with himself for not managing to get the win over Spurs in either clash this season, as well as the defensive approach taken. Spurs had just 35% possession with only eight shots during the game compared to Liverpool’s 22.

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