Jurgen Klopp warns Liverpool about ‘brilliant’ Tottenham in title race
The Liverpool FC manager insists Tottenham are "100 per cent" in the Premier League title race
Jurgen Klopp has praised Tottenham Hotspur’s ability to cope with mounting fitness problems after injury-hit Liverpool FC were held to a 1-1 draw at West Ham on Monday night.
Spurs are without their talisman Harry Kane after the England captain sustained an ankle injury during Tottenham’s 1-0 loss to Manchester United at Wembley last month.
Kane is set to be sidelined until March, while Tottenham are also missing Ben Davies and Dele Alli to leave Mauricio Pochettino without three key players.
However, Spurs have managed to beat Fulham, Watford and Newcastle United in their last three Premier League games without Kane.
Liverpool FC, on the other hand, have struggled in the absence of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren in the past month or so.
The Reds have dropped points in successive 1-1 stalemates with Leicester City and West Ham to allow Manchester City to reduce their lead to three points.
Tottenham are a further point behind the Reds in third place but poised to put Klopp’s side under pressure in the final months of the season.
Speaking at his post-match media conference about Tottenham’s ability to cope with key injuries, Klopp said:
“I think since five, six, seven, eight weeks we talked about a two-horse race.
“Now Tottenham came from behind, they have a very difficult situation and deal with it brilliantly, I have to say – really, all credit to Poch and his team how they did it.
“Winning games very late with a lot of injury problems as well, that’s great. For me, they are 100 per cent in the race.”
On Liverpool FC’s injury problems, Klopp added:
“If you want to be at the top of the table at the end of the season you have to deal with much tougher situations than we had today, that’s the truth and is always clear.
“Of course, you need players fit and available – that helps a bit! [Substitute] midfield players tonight, apart from Shaq, would have been 18 and 18 years old.
“Brilliant boys and if needed we would have played them tonight, but that’s not perfect in the moment.
“We have to fight, it is not about pressure – it’s about enjoying the situation you are in.
“We have 62 points, have lost one game in the league season so far which is very positive, but I see in your faces already you feel a bit sorry with us. You don’t have to, we are fine.”
Liverpool FC will take on Bournemouth in their next Premier League game at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.