Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp doubts the possibility of Manchester City losing ground in the Premier League title race after his team played a draw with Tottenham at Anfield for the first time since October.
Liverpool now leads on goal difference, but Pep Guardiola’s side can go three points clear with three games left if they defeat Newcastle United on Sunday.
Son Heung-min put the counter-attacking visitors ahead after 56 minutes, thanks to a link-up between Harry Kane and Ryan Sessegnon and a disorganized Liverpool defense.
The Klopp’s side actually flooded forward in search of an equalizer, but it took a heavily deflected shot from Luis Diaz 16 minutes from time to break through Spurs’ packed defense and level the game.
Spurs defended with tenacity after the equalizer and were a threat on the break as they fought to take something from the game and strengthen their top-four challenge.
When asked if Man City might drop points, Klopp said, “I can’t see it. I wish I could think differently but I can’t see it. My problem is not whether City smash Newcastle. It’s Aston Villa on Tuesday.
“We have a point more than before so that’s good and it’s massively better than when we were 1-0 down. That goal really counts. But it’s not what we wanted, we have to deal with it and we will.”
Liverpool at least kept their unbeaten Premier League record intact, which now stands at 16 games, with 13 wins and three draws, but only time will tell how damaging this failure to beat Spurs will be as the title race nears its conclusion.
Klopp’s team has set magnificently high standards, but it was inevitable that they would not be able to win every time, especially against a side brilliantly organized by visiting coach Antonio Conte.
Liverpool swarmed over Spurs from the start, but once the initial storm passed, they were unable to carve out many clear openings against a tenacious defense that was led by Cristian Romero.