Mauricio Pochettino says he understands why Liverpool aren’t playing at their best lately. The Tottenham Hotspur boss spoke after the Reds stole a 2-1 win at the death on Sunday.
Liverpool were the better team in the first half against Spurs but faltered in the second. Their opponents eventually equalised and had chances to win the game.
But a 90th-minute own goal from Toby Alderweireld handed the points to the home side. It was a huge slice of luck for a side that very nearly left with nothing.
But Pochettino understands that Jurgen Klopp can’t have his side performing flawlessly every week.
“The pressure to win the title is so tough and sometimes you cannot keep the performance how you want,” he said, reports the Liverpool Echo.
“Of course Liverpool deserve a lot of credit. Jurgen is doing a fantastic job. All the best for the future.”
He’s right, of course – you could feel the tension in the game on Sunday. Pochettino understands that Liverpool had that pressure and were never flowing as a result. But they did enough to get the points.
It’s also a sentiment that Mo Salah echoed after the game.
“You do not always have to play good but the important thing is to get the points,” he said to Sky Sports. “The big teams always find a way to get the points and that’s what we did today.”
It’s undoubtedly the secret to Liverpool’s success this season. It hasn’t been the same side as last season, blowing teams away with fast, attacking football.
Instead, they’ve found a way to win. It’s a trait that will stand them in good stead in the run in and is therefore one they should hold onto.
The front three have never really hit form at the same time but what that has meant is that Liverpool have always had a threat.
They’ve got the goals when they needed them and if they keep that up, they may well be champions.