Jurgen Klopp has called Liverpool’s draw at Tottenham in December ‘very strange’ and feels it was a game that impacted his side’s Premier League title pursuit.
Both teams played out a 2-2 draw at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in what was arguably one of the most entertaining games of the season.
The match was packed with key incidents with Andy Robertson sent off for Liverpool, while Harry Kane was fortunate to avoid similar punishment with a rash challenge on the Scotland international.
Spurs pegged the visitors back in the second half and eventually levelled the scores with Heung-min Son pouncing on Alisson’s error to ensure the points were shared on a frantic evening in North London.
With the Reds still in the title hunt and taking it to the final day with a 2-1 win at Southampton on Tuesday, Klopp cited his side dropping points at Tottenham and their draw at Chelsea as crucial points in their campaign.
“The games away at Chelsea and Tottenham, we didn’t have to win, but if you watch the Tottenham game, that game was very, very strange.
“That’s it, here we are and we will not give up. We will give it a try and it is difficult enough against Wolves but we will still give it a try.”
Klopp told the official Liverpool website: “I’ve no idea what happens on Sunday, to be honest. It was game 18 tonight, right, from the second part of the season? We won 15, drew three.
“Against City, we know we were lucky at City, that was not the best, not a good game.
“Against Tottenham and Chelsea, these two away games, when we had our corona outbreak, when we played… I love Tyler Morton. I love him. But he played on six at Tottenham.
“In that moment we were in a good shape, and then we get these little problems. I don’t see other teams don’t have problems, just our problems.
“So, we could have… this game was the situation when Robbo got the red card and Harry Kane didn’t get the red card. Just to think back.
“Of course, these things happen in the whole season, but for our story we didn’t think about it for a second. It’s now just drawing three times, winning 15 is madness. Absolute madness.
“But it’s the only way to keep the distance like this to City. There are no regrets at all, the boys throw everything on the pitch.
“Again, nine changes and then this kind of game, it’s really exceptional, it’s really exceptional. I don’t think anybody expected something like that, and the boys did it anyway, that’s really great.”
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Spurs did get slightly fortunate that Kane was not sent off for his tackle, but every team has had moments where they have benefitted from contentious decisions.
But Liverpool were fortunate themselves to come away from that match with a point considering Spurs created and wasted so many good chances to put the game out of reach.
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