Klopp claims Tottenham ‘should do more’ as he criticises tactics
urgen Klopp was critical of Tottenham’s tactics after a 1-1 draw at Anfield derailed Liverpool’s title bid, with the German saying: “I don’t like this kind of football.”
Spurs had 34 percent of possession but hit quadruple-chasing Liverpool with a succession of counter-attacks, taking the lead through Heung-min Son just before the hour.
Liverpool had 22 shots to Spurs’ eight but both teams hit the target three times, as the Reds dominated the ball but could not find a way past the visitors’ back five, even after Luis Diaz’s deflected equaliser.
Klopp, who also took aim at Spurs’ long-ball football after the 2-2 draw in north London in December, said he could not coach “world-class” players to play like Antonio Conte’s side.
Asked about Spurs’ impressive rearguard, Klopp said: “I’m sorry I’m the wrong person for that, I don’t like this kind of football. But that’s my personal problem. I think they’re world-class, and I think they should do more for the game.
“I think the game against Liverpool they had 36, 38% possession. But it’s my problem. I cannot coach it. So that’s why I cannot do it. So yes, world-class players block all the balls, really difficult. Fine, whatever. Fine, absolutely fine. I just can’t. I respect everything they do, but it’s not me.”
The result moved Liverpool level with Man City but having played a game more and Pep Guardiola’s side can move three points clear at the top with a win over Newcastle at home on Sunday.