Liverpool boss Klopp annoyed at lack of sanitiser at Covid-hit Spurs

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp shouts at his team

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was frustrated with the lack of hand sanitiser as he sat down to conduct his post-match press conference at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Six of the 10 matches due to be played in the top flight last weekend were postponed because of Covid-19 outbreaks within clubs, with the number of positive cases leaping by 48 in the space of a week.

It had been reported that clubs would consider calling off the round of games scheduled for December 28 to 30.

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But the Premier League announced yesterday that the clubs had collectively decided against any suspension of the season as a means of bringing the latest coronavirus crisis under control.

Tottenham were recently hit hard with cases as their fixtures against Rennes, Brighton and Leicester City all had to be postponed.

And Klopp was shocked at the lack of hand sanitiser on offer during his press conference after Liverpool held Tottenham to a 2-2 draw on Sunday.

The Liverpool boss said: “I really think in this room there should be hand sanitiser. I honestly think that would be good.

“You know, you had around about 13 cases or whatever. I have to touch a chair.”

When asked about the build-up to the match, Klopp added: “Yes, it’s tough, absolutely tough. You play against Tottenham and you saw they looked fresher in the second half than in the first half, so this is an intense period and we have to make sure we all have the same chances, the same situation pretty much.

“It’s difficult in that moment, I see that, but apart from that I don’t know which team I can line up because I always wait in the morning for the test results, we had absolutely no idea about the Tottenham team.

“Usually you prepare for a game and you have an idea who played last week and stuff like this, but we had absolutely no idea – and we saw the line-up and apart from (Pierre-Emile) Hojbjerg, it was pretty much the first line-up and they looked already fresh.

“We were just better in the first half, or we were more dominant. I’m not sure of the numbers, but 70/30 per cent possession at Tottenham is nearly ridiculous, to be honest.

“There was no open game, it was just counter-attacking, so that’s all tough. So, yes, the situation is not easy but we play football as long as people tell us to.”