Mourinho upbeat despite Spurs setback

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Liverpool – Reaction

JOSE MOURINHO remained positive, despite Tottenham Hotspur suffering their eighth Premier League defeat of the campaign.

The Lilywhites produced a much-improved performance, passing up several glorious opportunities. And that proved to be costly as unbeaten runaway leaders, Liverpool, snatched the points thanks to Roberto Firmino’s strike eight minutes before half-time.

“I think we deserved a point,” the Spurs chief explained.

“That’s why I have a good feeling from the boys. We’re talking about one of the best teams in the world at the maximum of their potential.

“We are a team with the difficulties you know. I think we deserved more.”

A huge positive from a Tottenham perspective was the performance of defender, Japhet Tanganga – the 20-year-old handed his top-flight debut by the Portuguese boss.

“I thought he did well – I think the kid has reason to be happy with his level,” Mourinho enthused.

“His first game in the Premier League and he did amazing. First with Mane and then Salah. I don’t want to take credit for that. I only worked with him for a couple of months.

“Credit goes to the academy who worked with him and it’s a message to those other players in the academy.”

And that was echoed by Reds chief, Jurgen Klopp: “I didn’t know about him and it was a surprise,” the German said.
“Our matchday analyst told me about him. He played well. It was nice when the crowd cheered his name.

“It was his first Premier League game? Very impressive!”

Klopp added: “We had to play for it, we had to fight for it.

“It was intense, really – but I thought we deserved the three points.

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Brian Jeeves

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