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Klopp accepts “Tottenham is Tottenham” – Postecoglou admits 4-0 is “hurt” – Liverpool FC

Jurgen Klopp felt his Liverpool team delivered a performance and result as they put aside their title pain to beat Tottenham 4-2.

The Reds’ hopes of winning the Premier League were effectively ended by a series of frustrating results in recent weeks.

But with the pressure off, the Merseysiders were closer to their flowing record when they dealt a blow to top-four Spurs at Anfield on Sunday.

Klopp, who now has just one home game left before stepping down as manager at the end of the season, said: “I really liked the way the boys played. I loved the individual performances, how we played together. So many good things.

“It was a really good football match and I think everyone can expect that from us – including results. We delivered both.”

Liverpool stormed into the lead when Mohamed Salah put his recent spat with Klopp behind him to head the opener, before Andy Robertson tapped in within a second.

Cody Gakpo extended the lead with a fine header and Harvey Elliott scored a sublime fourth from outside the penalty area.

But after Spurs rallied with goals from Richarlison and Son Heung-min, Klopp admitted the closing stages were awkward.

He said: “Did I expect us to be 4-0 up? No. Did I expect us to be at 4-2 and for Ali to make two more worldly saves? No.

“But if you think about it, it’s not unlikely because if Tottenham win before the game, they’ll be fully back in contention for the Champions League.

“For us it means that we are third. We probably can’t change that anymore, either way.

“What you also saw was Tottenham is Tottenham, they are really good and if you let them do that, they are especially good.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 5, 2024: Liverpool's Cody Gakpo scores a goal and celebrates 3-0 during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield.  (Photo by Ryan Brown/Propaganda)LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 5, 2024: Liverpool's Cody Gakpo scores a goal and celebrates 3-0 during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield.  (Photo by Ryan Brown/Propaganda)

Spurs’ defeat was their fourth in a row and meant they lost a chance to close the gap to fourth-placed Aston Villa, who lost earlier in the day.

However, head coach Ange Postecoglou felt his team at least showed signs of improvement.

The Australian said: “It was obviously a hugely disappointing result for us, but at least we looked more like ourselves today in terms of our football.

“Even in the first half, some of our football, our pressing, was back to where it should be.

“But we certainly lacked a real lead. We just didn’t have anything in third, and that allowed Liverpool to feel comfortable.

“And when they came forward, their leaders were quite deadly in their attacks on our mistakes.

“So yes, 4-0, we have a mountain to climb, but when we play like we do, we always finish strong.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday May 5, 2024: Ange Postecoglou Manager of Tottenham Hotspur before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield.  (Photo by Ryan Brown/Propaganda)LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday May 5, 2024: Ange Postecoglou Manager of Tottenham Hotspur before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield.  (Photo by Ryan Brown/Propaganda)

Postecoglou played down an incident as the players left the pitch at half-time when goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario intervened to defuse a heated exchange between Cristian Romero and Emerson Royal.

He said: “They care. It hurts them. They will not simply be happy with the current situation. They want it to improve.

“So there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, as long as it is done in a constructive way.”