Spurs boss Pochettino praises side’s level of competition at Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino gestures during the Premier League match at Anfield, L

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino gestures during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino praised how his side competed against league leaders Livepool but felt they could have done more with the ball in the 2-1 defeat.

It was a dream start for Spurs at Anfield on Sunday Heung-Min Son's shot struck the inside of the post and Harry Kane reacted quickest to stoop and head home with only 47 seconds on the clock.

Liverpool continued to pour forward and eventually levelled through Jordan Henderson on 52 minutes.

Sadio Mane then won a penalty from Serge Aurier that Salah dispatched on 75 minutes.

"We competed, if you compare the way we fight and compete it's okay but maybe after scoring so early, we were only focussed on defending and keeping the result," Pochettino told the club website.

"In the second half it was more on the counter-attack when we conceded. They increased their level, we were unlucky we didn't score the second goal and unlucky with the penalty that decided the game for them.

"We defended well, we were very committed and fought to try to stop them but at the end, we missed playing more football and that's maybe why we feel disappointed.

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"If you are on the pitch and it's only about defending, it's difficult to keep the ball and play.

"It was always going to be tough, but we have to keep pushing and keep working."

Goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga was disappointed to come away with nothing from Anfield after they put in a strong effort.

"At the end, the three points stay here and we're all disappointed," he said.

"We tried until the end and after it went to 2-1 we tried and tried, but again, we couldn't take a point.

"Sonny hit the crossbar and maybe 2-0 could have changed the game, but again, we have to keep trying, keep working hard.

"There are things we need to work on but with a negative score, everything you see is negative but there are also a few positives.

"They won, so we have to look at ourselves, keep pushing ourselves, that's the way."