Jose Mourinho has slammed Jurgen Klopp for his behaviour on the touchline during Liverpool8217;s dramatic win over Tottenham before telling his opposite number that the ‘best team lost’ during a heated exchange at the final whistle.
Roberto Firmino popped up with the winning goal in injury time to send all 2,000 supporters at Anfield into a frenzy, sending the Reds back to the summit of the Premier League table.
Tottenham had looked like securing a point after Son Heung-min had cancelled out Mohamed Salah’s opener.
Mourinho believed his side were the better team and claimed the final score was ‘unfair’.
He told Amazon Prime: ‘So close to winning, yeah, not so close of a draw – so close of winning, but we missed the chances, we had the chances, had the game under control, a draw would be a bad result – so you can imagine how we feel with a defeat.
‘Very good performance, of course some mistakes, some things to improve, a very unfair result. My team told me I am right when I say from the beginning of the season we go to every match to win. We played against the champions in their stadium and we had the best chances to win.
‘The team was brilliant. Today Liverpool didn’t look a team that is champion, European champion, world champion – that difference was not on the pitch.
‘We are together for not a long time. Of course the result is the most important,
Mourinho and Klopp had words on the touchline at full-time and the Portuguese later suggested he would not get away with his counterpart’s actions.
‘By the way, if I behaved the same way on the touchline like he does, I have no chance to stay there. I’m out one minute after,’ he added.
‘Come on, that’s animated? That’s animated?’
Asked if the German had overstepped the mark, he added: ‘I’m saying that for some reason, I am different. That’s the only thing I say, and that’s sad.’
On what was said after the final whistle, Mourinho replied: ‘I told him the best team lost. He disagreed, but that’s his opinion.’
Klopp was mystified when Mourinho’s comments were put to him.
He said: ‘Then my English is worse than I thought. I thought he said to me the better team lost and nothing about my behaviour on the touchline, so I have no idea what it is.’