‘I don’t like this kind of football’

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has taken a swipe at Tottenham’s tactics after seeing his side’s Premier League title hopes suffer a huge blow on Saturday.

Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw against Spurs at Anfield which means Manchester City can go three points clear of Klopp’s men with a win over Newcastle United on Sunday.

Son Heung-Min gave Spurs the lead and though Luis Diaz equalised, Liverpool’s knack of finding a winner deserted them as their attack lacked its usual potency.

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Antonio Conte’s side defended resolutely throughout the game but Klopp was critical of their approach.

“I am sorry, I am the wrong person to ask about [Spurs’ defending] because I don’t like this kind of football,” Klopp said in his postmatch news conference.

“But that is 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 and they have 36% possession. But that is my problem. I cannot coach it. So that is why I cannot do it. World-class players, [who] block all the balls. It is really difficult. Fine, whatever, it’s just I can’t. But yes I respect everything they do. But it’s not me.”

Despite the disappointing result, Klopp said his side would still chase an absolute Quadruple after already having won the League Cup and are in the FA Cup and Champions League finals.

“I’m not happy, but not as sad as the players are right now and it is my job to explain why something happens like this,” Klopp, whose side beat Villarreal to reach the Champions League final on Tuesday, said after a tense Anfield duel.

“They are down in the dressing room, it was intense. When you play top teams, you need luck in the decisive moments. I’m not happy, but not as sad as the players are right now and it is my job to explain why something happens like this.

“That is why it is so hard. That is why the Quadruple is so unlikely; there is a reason nobody has done it in this country. We will keep going.”

Klopp praised his players and refused to use tiredness as a reason for dropping vital points but conceded that he was not expecting Pep Guardiola’s team to slip up on Sunday.

“I can’t see it,” he said. “I wish I could think differently but I can’t see it. Our mentality was incredible and the counter-pressing was a different level. But we faced an opponent set-up for counter-attacks with a full week to prepare, we that and it is a draw. We will keep going. We weren’t tired.”

Tottenham could have snatched victory at the death when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg spurned a glorious chance.

Tottenham remained in fifth place, a point below Arsenal, who play Leeds United on Sunday. Tottenham host Arsenal on Thursday in what for them will be a must-win game in the top-four battle.

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