‘You pay for it’ – Mourinho reveals what disappointed him in defeat to Liverpool

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Jose Mourinho has claimed that Tottenham deserved more for their performance at Anfield yesterday but admitted that his side were punished for not taking their chances in the second half.

The first-half took up a pattern similar to Tottenham’s recent clashes against the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, with the Lilywhites defending deep with men behind the ball, denying Liverpool’s forwards any space or time in the final third.

The home side failed to fashion many clear-cut chances and were fortunate to go 1-0 up when Mohamed Salah’s strike took a massive deflection off Toby Alderweireld and looped into the back of the net.

Tottenham responded swiftly when Son Heung-min beat the offside trap and finished brilliantly past Alison to bring the away side level.

Mourinho’s men were willing to commit bodies in attack in the second half but spurned some great chances to go in front, with Steven Bergwijn hitting the post after being put through on goal and Harry Kane heading over from close range.

Jurgen Klopp’s men punished Tottenham for their failure to put their chances away after a late header by Roberto Firminho gave the Reds all three points.

The Tottenham boss rued the fact that his side could not capitalise on their ascendancy and take the lead at a crucial moment in the game.

When asked if his side deserved more from the game, he told Football.London: “Yes, of course. I think even a draw would have left us with not the best taste because we had them there to win it.

“It was not just the big chances, it was the moment of the big chances and the moment was when they were in trouble, in their worst moment, and we had it there to kill it, but we missed it.

“Then normally in matches at this level you pay for it. I thought we were going to pay for it in just taking a point but in the end we didn’t even take a point and it was very disappointing.”

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There were a lot of encouraging signs in Tottenham’s display yesterday. Liverpool hardly fashioned any clear cut chances through the ninety minutes while we had several good opportunities that the likes of Kane would have buried nine times out ten.

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