Roberto Firmino’s late goal helped Liverpool dethrone Tottenham from the top of the table and establish a three point lead, as the Premier League heads into a busy festive fixture period. Spurs were guilty of missing a hatful of chances, prompting Jose Mourinho to say “the best team lost” to Jurgen Klopp at the end of the match.
Mourinho, who was clearly upset with his team’s defeat was seen having an animated discussion with Jurgen Klopp.
When asked on what he said to Jurgen Klopp, Mourinho told “I told him the best team lost and he disagreed but that’s his opinion. By the way, if I behave the same way on the touchline, like he does, I have no chance to stay there and I’m out for a minute. Do you want me to take the table with the time from the fourth official’s hands to see what happens to me? I’m saying that for some reason I am different. That’s the only thing I say.“
However, Trent Alexander-Arnold wasted no time in denying Mourinho’s claims and took to social media to express his feeling. The Liverpool right-back shared a picture of his team celebrating Firmino’s winner and captioned “Best team won”, with a smiling emoji.
Speaking to reporters after the victory, the Liverpool defender said “I think we deserved to win. It was a game we needed to win really after dropping a few points at the weekend. It’s an intense period and I think all the teams around us dropped points over the last few games so it’s important for us to capitalise on that and there’s no better way to do it than beating the team you share top of the table with. ‘It gives us a bit of space and puts us top of the table by ourselves.”
“It was always going to be tough to make chances so it emphasises it a bit when you have so much possession but we knew what they were going to come here and do and we had our game plan and kept to it. ‘t the end, it just goes to show that set-pieces are so important. We were frustrated that maybe one lapse in concentration in the first half and they’ve capitalised on it but three points is three points and that’s what we wanted and that’s what we deserved.”