Liverpool FC coach Jürgen Klopp cheers after the final whistle. Photo: Clive Brunskill / PA Wire / dpa. (Source: dpa)

Liverpool (AP) – José Mourinho was another surprise. Jürgen Klopp in particular was surprised by the strange statements made by the eccentric Portuguese after Tottenham Hotspur’s last-minute defeat to England’s football champions Liverpool FC.

“He told me the better team lost,” said Klopp. ‘At first I thought it was a joke. But it wasn’t. ‘

Mourinho was particularly sore from the 1: 2 that earned more than 90 minutes. Not only because his Spurs went without points for the first time after eleven unbeaten Premier League games and lost the championship lead to Klopp and Liverpool, but also because it was a defeat in a duel with a star coach. Accordingly, there was a swipe for the German coach, who was emotionally on the sidelines. “If I’d been on the sidelines like him, I wouldn’t have had a chance to stay there,” Mourinho muttered.

While the Spurs coach spoke of an “unfair result” and described the Reds as a team that “looked nothing like a champion and Champions League winner,” Klopp enjoyed the success and took charge of the championship after 13 match days. about. “It was one of the best performances,” said the 53-year-old. “The victory was well deserved.”

Mohamed Salah (26th minute) and the last-minute header from former Hoffenheim player Roberto Firmino (90th) excited the ex-Bundesliga coach and remembered the run of the previous championship season. “It felt a little bit,” confirmed Klopp. “That’s exactly what we needed today. There were three incredibly important points.”

The success against the rivals was also significant over the coming weeks with the tight schedule to New Years Eve. The defending champion at Crystal Palace will continue on Saturday (1.30 p.m. / Sky). “We have to be ready for that,” he said. “But I couldn’t be better tonight.”

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