Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he could defend better than his team after the Reds were thrashed 4-1 by Tottenham at Wembley, with Harry Kane scoring two goals for Spurs.
Despite Kane’s 15 goals for club and country this season, he lacked a record of league goals at Spurs’ temporary home but was able to end the drought in style against Liverpool, first by rounding keeper Simon Mignolet to score and then tapping in another failed clearance by Mignolet.
“If I am involved in this situation on the pitch, then Harry cannot get the ball,” Klopp said. “It wouldn’t happen if I was on the pitch – but I am in the middle of the technical area in trainers. Each job is clear but we couldn’t do it.”
The result saw Liverpool dropping to ninth in the table — 12 points behind leaders Manchester City — while Spurs prepare for a meeting with United at Old Trafford on Saturday.
While Dejan Lovren was considered the worst culprit for the first two goals which Liverpool shipped in a feeble start to the match, Klopp refused to single out the Croatian international, saying instead that most of it was due to Liverpool’s collective defensive failures.
“I really don’t want to blame players. He (Lovren) feels not good. That’s OK. Nobody should feel good. He is part of the squad. That’s all.”
“In all decisive moments we were not there,” he added.
“The first goal was unbelievably easy to defend. The second we miss the moment. The third goal another present. Everything was bad from us. We cannot get results with a performance like today. They were completely spot on and we weren’t. That’s my responsibility. It was much too easy for Tottenham today. Our fault.”