Jurgen Klopp picked out one moment from Liverpool v Spurs where the Reds could have won the game. ‘It was an inch’, he says.
Liverpool played out a frustrating draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday evening. Antonio Conte set his team out with a predictable gameplan but one that Spurs absolutely nailed – the Reds struggled to answer it.
A back five with a four-man midfield screen left little space for Liverpool in attack. That kept the forwards very, very quiet as Spurs attempted to hit Liverpool on the break.
Liverpool struggled to find any way through, in truth. Even their goal just came from a deflected effort as Luis Diaz tried his luck. But that’s not to say there weren’t moments where the team could and perhaps should have broken Spurs down.
Jurgen Klopp was keen to say that after the game as he said Liverpool had a few moments where things didn’t quite click. Above all, though, was a pass from Thiago to Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The Spaniard managed to wriggle free on the edge of the box and saw his right-back wide open on the far side of the box. Unfortunately, his pass was off target – a rarity from one of the world’s best midfielders.
“Then the biggest [chance] probably because of the quality of Thiago,” said Klopp, per Liverpoolfc.com. “When he has his little shuffle and chips the ball to the second-post area, where Trent is completely open, and in the end misses him by two yards.
“That’s an inch on the football boot of a world-class player.”
Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool vs Spurs
It was a gutting moment, in truth. You’d expect Thiago to make that pass more often than not – as Klopp says. it feels as though he was just an inch away from getting it right.
But it wasn’t to be and Liverpool had several moments where things just didn’t quite fall for them. Be it Hugo Lloris just getting to Ryan Sessegnon’s misfired header just before Mohamed Salah or Virgil van Dijk hitting the bar from a corner. Just not Liverpool’s day.
And Thiago misplacing that pass just encapsulates that. We can only hope Manchester City suffer a similar game sometime soon.