Klopp explains positives and negatives from Spurs draw

Date published: Sunday 3rd April 2016 11:20

Jurgen Klopp: Took positives and negatives from Spurs draw

Jurgen Klopp hailed Philippe Coutinho and felt Liverpool could have beaten Tottenham but rued his side’s stop-and-go play and lack of belief.

Coutinho put Liverpool ahead in the 51st minute at Anfield on Saturday before Harry Kane levelled by holding off Dejan Lovren and firing in his club-record 22nd Premier League goal of the campaign.

Both goalkeepers were kept busy in an entertaining affair, Hugo Lloris making two fine saves from Adam Lallana, while Simon Mignolet produced a one-handed stop from Christian Eriksen.

And Klopp was not prepared to state the hosts should have won the contest when he reflected on the draw.

“Both (results) were possible. We got the draw and we could have won it in the first half and the second half too,” said the German.

“We had a lot of really good moments. At half-time I told the boys it looks like a stop-and-go game when we were on go and then we stop, I don’t know why.”

Coutinho was dubbed “a genius” by his manager following a performance which would have been a match-winning one had his deflected left-wing cross crept past Lloris.

However, the Brazilian’s afternoon also included a first-half yellow card for diving when he attempted to go beyond last man Toby Alderweireld.

Asked about the incident, Klopp kept his counsel, adding: “I don’t want to answer this question. I am not long enough in this country to know what I can say and what I can’t say. It is a good rule that I have to wait half an hour after the game before I can talk to the referee if I want to.

“He is in a full sprint and he falls. If he doesn’t want to give a free-kick then we have to accept it. But it is two decisions, so it’s not a free-kick (and a booking). But you are experienced enough to write what you think.”

Speaking to the BBC, meanwhile, Klopp once again suggested his players lacked the belief to go on and win the game having taken the lead.

“Tottenham are fighting for the title, we fought for the three points,” Klopp said. “It didn’t look like six or seven positions between the two teams. If you want to change the situation, we have to stay in the game. It is about belief. We are not sure we can always beat teams like these.

“You have to learn to become a winner. On this way, we have a few knocks but we are still on a good way. There is not a lot wrong and we can build on this.”

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