“I was staggered” – Glenn Hoddle admits what Jose Mourinho did at Anfield surprised him

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle has claimed that he was left surprised by Jose Mourinho’s behaviour following the 2-1 loss to Liverpool on Wednesday night.

Liverpool came out of the blocks the sharper of the two sides and went ahead when Mohamed Salah’s shot took a big deflection off Toby Alderweireld and looped over the head of Hugo Lloris.

Seven minutes later against the run of play Son Heung-min raced clear to finish neatly at Alisson’s near post.

Spurs had the better chances to go ahead in the second half, with Steven Bergwijn firing wide and then hitting the upright when clean through on goal and Harry Kane headed over from point-blank range.

Roberto Firmino’s last-minute header broke Tottenham’s hearts and also saw Jurgen Klopp’s side overtake them at the top of the Premier League table.

After the match Mourinho claimed that he told Klopp that the better side had lost (Football.London).

Hoddle believed that Mourinho let his emotions get the better of him at Anfield and was surprised given how composed the Portuguese typically is.

“I was staggered, I really was, because I that was just an emotional reaction, so late in the game, he’s thinking well, we’ve set the team out, I’ll take a point,” Hoddle told the BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily Podcast.

“We try to win every game he says, but they do it the way they want to do it, on the counter against Liverpool, and against the top teams, that’s how we’re going to see it with Tottenham.

“But I think he’s thinking a point is still going to be a very good point, you know we’ve got Liverpool later on in the season, and then bang, from a set play, it was a fantastic header I’ve got to say from Firmino.

“I think it was the reaction, it was an emotional reaction, I caught the bit that JJ (Jermaine Jenas) was saying, normally he’s calculated, he’s thinking about it when he goes into a press conference or a post-match, this was just a reaction. I think that when you’ve just lost a game like that you’ve got to take it on the chin and you’re on the back foot.”

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