Liverpool earned a point at home on Saturday against title contenders Tottenham Hotspur, a result that could feel disappointing given Liverpool were ahead at one point but one that also feels like a fair result based on the performance of both teams. It's a perspective shared by manager Jürgen Klopp, who said after the match he also felt it could have gone either way.
"We got the draw and we could have won it in the first half, and in the second half too," Klopp said. "We had a lot of really good moments but first half, I told the boys at half-time, it was like a stop and go game, always when our machine is on go. It was really, really good and then we had to stop and I don't know why.
"We have to watch it. Nearly all the moments Tottenham had in the first half was because we gave them the ball and that makes not too much sense. Second half we scored a brilliant goal but the start of it I didn't enjoy too much because nearly everything was a little bit less apart from the goal."
It's true that giving the ball away to the opposite doesn't make a lot of sense, as it makes it very difficult to score in that situation. Nevertheless, there were many positives to take from the match, not least of which is that Liverpool went toe-to-toe with a club with the second best chance of winning the league. For a club that has often struggled to find form and show enough quality to qualify to finish Top Four, it's an encouraging look at how Liverpool could perform solidly under Klopp in the future.
"In summary I saw a lot of good things today," Klopp continued, "a really good sign for us, our future but on the other side we showed again a little part of our problems. But it's much more difficult to show what we showed in our good moments than to finish our problems. We will find solutions for them 100% but it's a hard way and on the way we get a few knocks and today we got a knock. We have to accept it and carry on."