Klopp joy as Liverpool go top

Jurgen Klopp admitted he couldn’t care less that Liverpool’s dramatic 2-1 win against Tottenham was an “ugly” way to return to the top of the English Premier League on Sunday.

Mohamed Salah’s header was spilled by Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris before rebounding off Toby Alderweireld for an own goal. It was a lucky break that Liverpool arguably didn’t deserve, but Reds boss Klopp wasn’t complaining about a result that took them two points clear of second placed Manchester City.

“In the first half we had fantastic chances and scored a wonderful goal. In the second half we looked heavy and couldn’t really play,” Klopp said. “Tottenham changed a little bit. We didn’t adapt well. I was not happy we conceded, but after Spurs’ goal we started playing again more. We can play better football but in the first half we had a lot of good moments. In the second not that many but we scored – 2-1, brilliant!

“I saw the header and nothing else. I had no clue how the ball went in.

“It is only positive. I said there are 500 ways to win a football game and today was slightly ugly. Who cares?”

Liverpool’s crucial win keeps the pressure on City, but the champions can return to the top if they beat struggling Cardiff at home tomorrow. That would leave City one point clear of Liverpool, with both sides having six games remaining after the Cardiff match.

Klopp, trying to lead Liverpool to their first English title since 1990, acknowledged the race is likely to go down to the wire as City show no signs of surrendering the trophy easily. “We compete with the best team in the world (Manchester City) and play against one of best in the world in Tottenham – it is a tough task. It is all good,” he said.

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