Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp mentioned his Liverpool facet would nonetheless chase an unprecedented Quadruple regardless of seeing their Premier League title hopes endure an enormous blow on Saturday.
Klopp’s facet have already gained the League Cup and are within the FA Cup and Champions League finals and victory over Tottenham on Saturday would have cranked up the stress on Manchester Metropolis within the title race.
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However they might solely draw 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur — ending a run of 12 successive dwelling league wins and Metropolis can pull three factors clear with three video games remaining in the event that they beat Newcastle United on Sunday.
Son Heung-min gave Tottenham the lead and although Luis Diaz equalised, Liverpool’s knack of discovering a winner abandoned them as their assault lacked its normal efficiency.
“I’m not completely happy, however not as unhappy because the gamers are proper now and it’s my job to clarify why one thing occurs like this,” Klopp, whose facet beat Villarreal to achieve the Champions League ultimate on Tuesday, mentioned after a tense Anfield duel.
“They’re down within the dressing room, it was intense. If you play prime groups, you want luck within the decisive moments.
“I’m not completely happy, however not as unhappy because the gamers are proper now and it’s my job to clarify why one thing occurs like this.
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“That’s the reason it’s so onerous. That’s the reason the Quadruple is so unlikely; there’s a purpose no one has performed it on this nation. We are going to preserve going.”
Klopp praised his gamers and refused to make use of tiredness as a purpose for dropping important factors however conceded that he was not anticipating Manchester Metropolis to slide up on Sunday.
“I can’t see it,” he mentioned. “I want I might suppose in another way however I can’t see it.
“Our mentality was unbelievable and the counter-pressing was a special stage. However we confronted an opponent set-up for counter-attacks with a full week to organize, we settle for that and it’s a draw. We are going to preserve going. We weren’t drained.”
Tottenham might have snatched victory on the dying when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg spurned a wonderful likelihood.
Tottenham remained in fifth place, a degree beneath Arsenal, who play Leeds United on Sunday. Tottenham host Arsenal on Thursday in what for them will likely be a must-win recreation within the top-four battle.
“Now we attempt to relaxation and get well as a result of on Thursday we’ve one other essential recreation towards Arsenal,” supervisor Antonio Conte mentioned. “With solely three video games to go it is going to be essential to get factors for a spot within the Champions League.”