After a commanding 3-1 victory for Liverpool at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Liverpool return to the top four of the Premier League. Speaking to BT Sport’s Des Kelly, Tottenham manager José Mourinho gave a very honest assessment of tonight’s game.
“It’s hard to resist so many individual defensive mistakes. It is impossible. Unless you score four goals against Liverpool, which is not easy. But every time we act, the next mistake was coming”
Serge Aurier’s unpunished lapse in concentration was an early let off for Spurs. Sadio Mané should have opened the scoring.
“The first ball was the beginning of everything”
However, the Red’s generosity would not last. Roberto Firmino tapped in Liverpool’s first league goal in over eight hours to give them the half time advantage.
Klopp’s side started the second half where they left off. A thumping finish from Trent Alexander-Arnold after a sluggish parry from Spurs goalkeeper, Hugo Lloris, doubled their lead.
Despite a clinical Pierre-Emile Højbjerg goal from outside the box, Spurs were unable to gain a foothold in the game. Sadio Mané’s sixth goal of the season settled the points after a delicious cross from Man of the Match, Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Mourinho picked up on this, saying, “Good reaction for 2-1, the team fighting on the pitch, but one more mistake, and 3-1. [It was] Very difficult to fight against so many mistakes. So, between one minute and 48, the same mistake”
He also highlighted the injury of star player Harry Kane as a reason for the defeat.
“[He is] injured in both ankles. To cope with one pain, he probably could continue, but both are very painful and sore, and getting big. He just couldn’t”
After being tackled by Thiago in the first half, Kane looked distressed and was then seen limping and holding his ankles.
Despite the defeat, Mourinho picked up on some positive performances from a handful of his players.
“Some of the guys are very disappointed, some of them had very positive performances but we were punished by individual mistakes
This victory will come as a massive relief for the Reds. Prior to this game, they had not won in the league since their 7-0 demolition of Crystal Palace last month. For Spurs, there are worrying signs ahead. How will they cope without their captain and arguably their best player so far this season? Are these defensive errors a sign of things to come for Mourinho’s Tottenham?