Mourinho’s frustration clear as Spurs slip from the summit

Brian Jeeves

Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Jose Mourinho couldn’t hide his frustration after witnessing his Tottenham Hotspur side lose for the first time in eleven matches and slip from the top of the Premier League in the process.

Roberto Firmino nodded Liverpool’s late winner to see the Reds leapfrog Mourinho’s charges. Earlier, Mohamed Salah’s shot deflection off Eric Dier and deceived Hugo Lloris. However, Spurs were swiftly level when Heung-Min Son raced clear before supplying a cool finish.

Spurs defended stoutly, but when provided with several big opportunities to win the match, Steven Bergwijn twice and Harry Kane – both usually so reliable in these situations – squandered their chances which ultimately proved costly.

Mourinho argued his side deserved far better: “Yes, of course – I think even a draw would have left us with not the best taste because we had them there to win it,” the Lilywhites chief bemoaned.

“It was not just the big chances, it was the moment of the big chances, and the moment was when they were in trouble, in their worst moment, and we had it there to kill it, but we missed it.

“Then normally in matches at this level, you pay for it. I thought we were going to pay for it in just taking a point but in the end, we didn’t even take a point and it was very disappointing.”

Mourinho added: “Looking at the performance I’m happy with the team, happy with our proposal, the proposal of going into every match and looking to win it.

“Sometimes you can’t do it and sometimes you cannot play better than you did because of the opponent.

“Today, I really think in such a difficult game against such a good team the boys were very good and we are punished.”

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, R Williams, Fabinho, Robertson, Jones, Henderson (Capt), Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane. Subs not used: Kelleher, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Origi, Phillips, N Williams

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (Capt), Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies, Sissoko, Hojbjerg, Lo Celso (Lucas 58′), Bergwijn (Reguilon 76′), Son (Dele 87′), Kane. Subs not used: Hart, Rodon, Ndombele, Winks

Attendance: 2,000


Brian Jeeves