Antonio Conte felt that his Tottenham Hotspur side deserved more after they fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to Liverpool.

The Reds raced to a 2-0 lead in the first half with Tottenham once again continuing the frustrating trend of being too slow out of the blocks and it proved to be costly.

Antonio Conte

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Tottenham had chances of their own in the first half and can feel harshly done by when a Trent Alexander-Arnold challenge on Ryan Sessegnon was not considered to be a penalty by both the referee and VAR, while Ivan Perisic also headed against the post.

A much brighter effort after the break saw Tottenham dominate the half and limit Liverpool to a rare counter attack.  Dejan Kulusevski’s introduction proved to be pivotal when he set up Harry Kane to pull one back with nineteen minutes to play, but despite to continuing to knock on the door, they were unable to find an equaliser.

Conte told Sky Sports‘ Main Event (06/11/22 – 19:03): “It is difficult to explain the defeat tonight, we deserved much more but also after the first half in the dressing room I was happy with the desire and what we did.

“We put a lot of pressure on Liverpool and were 2-0 down but we didn’t know why. In the second half we played really well. Their goalkeeper made good saves and we hit the post and the crossbar. I think the result is unfair.

“It is difficult to explain this type of game. For sure the performance was good. We are managing a situation with many, many injuries and we need to find new solutions.

“This type of performance against a team like Liverpool gives me satisfaction as it shows the hard work works.”

SpursWeb Opinion

Tottenham have played far worse this season and have come away from the match with a victory, however, to lose to another big six club after such a lethargic start once again is frustrating.

The absences of big players such as Son, Richarlison and co are continuing to prove problematic and there is a clear lack of consistency with the officiating when just 24 hours prior, Fulham were awarded a penalty for a similar challenge.   Spurs have to regroup and ensure they beat Leeds next weekend before the World Cup starts.

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