Arsenal legend: Klopp betrayed ‘Liverpool’s DNA’ v Spurs

Date published: Wednesday 7th February 2018 10:44 - Matthew Stead

Jurgen Klopp betrayed “Liverpool’s DNA” by trying to “protect a result” against Tottenham.

Liverpool drew 2-2 with Tottenham on Sunday to keep themselves third in the Premier League table, with Spurs fifth.

The Reds led 1-0 until late in the second half, when Victor Wanyama drew the two sides level with a brilliant goal.

Mohamed Salah then scored his second goal of the game to give Liverpool a lead heading into injury time, before Harry Kane scored a last-gasp penalty after missing earlier from 12 yards.

Liverpool were more reserved in the second half after taking the lead, and substituted forward players for defenders in an attempt to preserve their lead.

But Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit says the manager made a mistake. And 16 Conclusions agreed.

“This was a result that suited no-one – neither Liverpool nor Tottenham,” he told SFR Sport.

“It was an exceptional end of the match but I found that Klopp got in wrong, especially in the last 20 minutes by replacing attacking players with defensive players.

“He had the game in his hand, even if Totteham had made a comeback in the second half, the match was under control in the first half.

“It reminds me of Emery in the second match against Barcelona [in their 6-1 Champions League defeat last season] – la montada – where at 3-1 he made defensive changes.

“I think it sends bad messages to your players when it is like that, especially in the English culture where people are more likely to go on the attack than protect a result.

“It is not in Liverpool’s DNA to sit on a result. I found it was an error from Klopp but I am a big fan of his character.”

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