‘Best performance of the season’ announces Klopp as Pochettino reacts to Liverpool win
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted his sides 2-1 win over Tottenham on Saturday afternoon was the best performance of the season so far.
Georginio Wijnaldum’s first Premier League away goal put Liverpool ahead on 36 minutes before Roberto Firmino sealed a fifth-consecutive victory with their second nine minutes after the interval.
Eric Lamela grabbed a goal back in stoppage-time but it proved too little, too late for Mauricio Pochettino’s men as Spurs slipped to a second successive defeat.
Klopp’s new look side from last season looked like real Premier League title contenders and out-played, and out-classed a Tottenham side that were clearly not at their best.
Klopp said after the win: “It was very good. It was a very intense job and the boys did it. It was a deserved win.
“Over 85 minutes we were dominant with the ball and without the ball. We caused them massive problems and the things they usually do that usually work didn’t today.
“I don’t take things for granted because the boys came back after an intense international break abroad, had one session and then played and stuck to our plan like they did today.
“Respect. That was really good. Everybody worked so hard and it was a good performance.
“We played against one of the most confident teams in football. They are so used to what they do that it is so difficult to deal with and means we had to be compact.
“When we had the ball we were really clear and it was the best game of the season so far.
“I like the options we made, the passes we played. The performance was much better than the result.”
Spurs boss Pochettino was clearly not impressed with his side and will be looking to freshen things up before their next Premier League fixture, as right now they are not looking like a side that is capable of challenging for a Champions League spot, never-mind a Premier League title.
And the Argentine admitted that his side were second best all over the pitch, telling Sky Sports: “They were better, we competed, and we were close,” he told Sky Sports. “The last action was crazy because it was a penalty, Mane on Son. We could be talking after the match in a different way.
“But they were better, there is nothing to say. Of course I am disappointed with the result but we need to keep working and improving. It’s only early in the season but we’ve improved a lot.
“It was difficult and today was a competitive game, you can win, you can lose. But we need to keep working, we are disappointed with the result but there are a lot of games ahead.”
Here is what we think.
There is nothing much to stay but Liverpool deserved all three points at the weekend, they were the more impressive side and Spurs have a lot to work on if they are to keep up their challenge for the Premier League title this season.
Tottenham are one of the best sides in England, but looked sluggish and off the pace, they have a lot to work on between now and their next Premier League fixture.