Klopp criticises element of Liverpool’s performance after Reds cling on to Tottenham victory

Steve Pearson

Jurgen Klopp was pleased with the outcome of their clash with Tottenham, but criticised an element of Liverpool’s performance after the Reds threatened to drop points numerous times in the second-half.

The men from Anfield emerged victorious once more to set the record for the greatest start to an English league season in history, but both teams could’ve scored plenty as the game became increasingly ragged late.

Speaking to Sky Sports immediately following the match, the German said: “First and foremost the result is the most important thing. One team deserved to win and that was us.

“To win at Tottenham is pretty special. That the game wasn’t decided after 50-60 minutes was our fault.

“It was very intense for us. You can expect them to defend deep in this stadium, but it was 4-6-0 in the first half.

“If it was easy to win here, a lot more teams would do it.

I’m over the moon about the result, but we have to talk about the performance.

“We should have scored more goals – that’s the truth. We have to be honest with ourselves. We could have scored more and we have to – especially in this stadium against a team like Tottenham.

“We were on the ground towards the end and they were coming forward. The spell we’ve had, it costs you rhythm. In the second half a couple of our players were slightly exhausted, but we fought through that.

“We played super football in their box, but for 90-95 minutes you have to be ready. We were, but we still have to do better.”

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Klopp has repeatedly brushed off talk of records despite his side’s outstanding form, but that did not stop the German once again being asked to give comment on their latest achievement.

When pressed on Liverpool’s record-breaking start to a season, Klopp said: “It’s special. To win the number of games, to always be ready to fight, that’s what the boys to.

“The only thing is that you don’t get anything for best starts. The only thing we’re interested in is what we can get in the summer. This league is so strong. We have to be ready.

“Our lead is really not interesting. The moment we have so many points that nobody can catch us anymore, that’s when I’ll be interested.”