Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho slams Jurgen Klopp and explains heated touchline exchange

Jose Mourinho has blasted Jurgen Klopp for his behaviour on the touchline following Liverpool’s dramatic 2-1 victory over Tottenham. Roberto Firmino headed home a 90th-minute winner to send Klopp – and the Kop – into raptures.

Fourth official Mike Dean had to step in between the two managers following the full-time whistle.

And when Mourinho was quizzed on the coming together, he said: “The best team lost and he disagreed but that’s his opinion.

“If I behave that way on the touchline I have no chance to stay there. I am out in a minute.”

When asked if he was unhappy with Klopp’s animation, Mourinho added: “That’s animated? Or do you want me to take the table with the board from the fourth official.”

Liverpool took the lead at Anfield when Mohamed Salah’s heavily deflected strike found the back of the net.

Tottenham looked dangerous on the counter-attack and they equalised when Giovani Lo Celso send Son Heung-min through on goal – and he finished with aplomb.

Mourinho’s side had their chances to win the game but Harry Kane and Steven Bergwijn were guilty of missing from close range.

That allowed Firmino become the hero as he rose the highest to meet a corner as the clock was ticking towards 90 minutes.

Liverpool go above Spurs to the top of the table with the victory but Mourinho had plenty of positives to pick from his team’s display.

“So close to winning, yeah, not so close of a draw – so close of winning,” Mourinho said.

“We missed the chances, we had the chances, had the game under control, a draw would be a bad result – so you can imagine how we feel with a defeat.

“Very good performance, of course some mistakes, some things to improve, a very unfair result.

“My team told me I am right when I say from the beginning of the season we go to every match to win. We played against the champions in their stadium and we had the best chances to win.

“The team was brilliant. Today Liverpool didn’t look a team that is champion, European champion, world champion – that difference was not on the pitch.

“We are together for not a long time. Of course the result is the most important.”


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