Jurgen Klopp told the BBC that Liverpool were lucky to beat Spurs but that “desire and attitude” is the driving force behind their Premier League title bid.
Spurs were defeated at Anfield thanks to a late own-goal from Toby Alderweireld. Fortune was on Liverpool’s side as Hugo Lloris dropped the ball on his centre-back’s foot in the 90th minute.
Klopp said after the game: “I told the boys after the game there are 500,000 ways to win a football game, and today was rather ugly.
“But without a bit of luck you cannot be in the position we are in. We are top of the table. If we are there at the end of the season it will be down to will, desire and attitude.”
Liverpool have certainly benefited at times from poor calls from officials and fortunate errors from opposition players, but it has gone the other way at times as well.
For example, Manchester City should have had Vincent Kompany sent off for a lunging challenge on Mohamed Salah and John Stones was lucky to clear the ball off his goal-line when the ball was just 11.3mm away from being given as a goal.
Penalty calls have also gone against the Reds, with Naby Keita unlucky not to win a spot kick in February after being felled by Ricardo Perreira on a snowy evening in Liverpool.
That’s just football for you. What is impressive, however, is how Liverpool have placed themselves in strong positions to take advantage of slices of luck or to counteract bad calls.
Liverpool are top of the Premier League by two points but Manchester City do have a game in hand.
They will play United in four weeks which will decide whether they return to the top as outright leaders.
Jurgen Klopp needs to ensure the Reds are still ahead by the time the Manchester Derby is played as it could be their chance to cement their spot ahead of City ahead of the final games of the season.