Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that he believes Tottenham are in the title race and that he is far from surprised by that fact.
Klopp heaped praise on Spurs after their performance at Goodison Park which saw them demolish Everton 6-2.
The result takes Tottenham to within 2 points off Manchester City and 6 points off Liverpool.
The performance and the result sent out a real statement of intent to the rest of the Premier League that Spurs were still in the hunt for the title.
The Liverpool manager though claimed that he never thought Spurs were out of the title race, to begin with. Speaking in the pre-match press conference ahead of Liverpool’s boxing day game against Newcastle, the German said, “There is no decision made, that’s how it is. Why should it be that nobody can feel safe, nobody should feel out of the race, whatever. It’s just not the time to think about it actually.”
“And, for me, [Tottenham] were never out [of the race] – so why should I be surprised they are in now again?”
The 52-year-old further credited Spurs on being consistent despite having so many players turn up late from last summer’s World Cup. Klopp added, “It’s just a fantastic football team. I’ve said a few times, for me, Tottenham had the most difficult summer period and I don’t talk about not signing players – because if you have the right team why should you sign players?”
“It’s just because eight or nine players played the full World Cup nearly and playing so far such a season is more than impressive.”
One thing is for sure – If Tottenham are going to compete for the title, they need to be almost flawless in the second half of the season as neither Liverpool nor Man City look like they are going to be dropping too many more points.
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