It was a near thing but this Liverpool side always find a way. Down a number of key players and having survived a run of five competitions in a manic 27 days, Liverpool weathered a game Spurs in a tense 1-0 victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
It was a testament to the spirit of this incredible Reds side that they were able to overcome clear fatigue to win and set a record points through the first 21 games across Europe’s five biggest leagues with a mind-boggling 61 points.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp was less concerned with the record and moreso with his team’s mental strength: “First and foremost the result is the most important thing,” the German said speaking to Skyy Sports. “One team deserved to win and that was us. To win at Tottenham is pretty special. That the game wasn’t decided after 50-60 minutes was our fault.
”It was very intense for us. You can expect them to defend deep in this stadium, but it was 4-6-0 in the first half. If it was easy to win here, a lot more teams would do it.”
The charismatic manager appeared to be doing his best to transfer his manic energy to the flagging Reds, going crazy on the sideline as his side sought to hold on to a slender lead against their surging hosts.
”I’m over the moon about the result, but we have to talk about the performance,” Klopp continued. “We should have scored more goals – that’s the truth. We have to be honest with ourselves. We could have scored more and we have to – especially in this stadium against a team like Tottenham.”
”We were on the ground towards the end and they were coming forward. The spell we’ve had, it costs you rhythm. In the second half a couple of our players were slightly exhausted, but we fought through that.”