Jose Mourinho could not hide his frustrations after Tottenham’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool and revealed he told Jurgen Klopp ‘the best team lost’ Wednesday’s thriller at Anfield.
Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino leapt above Toby Alderweireld and found the net with a brilliant last-gasp header to send the reigning Premier League champions to the top of the table, three points above Spurs.
Son Heung-min had earlier equalised for the visitors to cancel out Mohamed Salah’s deflected strike past Alisson in a dramatic first half.
Referee Anthony Taylor brandished just two yellow cards across the 90 minutes on Merseyside but there tensions threatened to spill over as the two managers exchanged words shortly after the final whistle.
Fourth official Mike Dean tried his best to diffuse the situation and it was clear something had been said which upset Klopp.
Mourinho was asked about the conversation once the dust had settled and lifted the lid on their chat before criticising the German’s behaviour on the touchline throughout the match.
‘I told him the best team lost and he disagreed but that’s his opinion,’ the Tottenham head coach told Amazon Prime Video.
‘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.’
‘That’s animated?’ the Portuguese continued.
‘Do you want me to take the table with the time from the fourth official’s hands [referring to Guardiola’s behaviour in Manchester City’s draw with West Brom] to see what happens to me?
‘I’m saying that for some reason I am different. That’s the only thing I say.’
Mourinho said he was ‘very pleased’ with the performance his players produced and bemoaned what he felt was a ‘very underserved result’.
‘We were playing to win, we were not playing to get a point,’ he added.
‘A point would have been quite a fair result but we played to win and had the biggest chances to win it.
‘The moment of the occasions and the reaction they had, they were in trouble.
‘I feel it was a very undeserved result, but that’s football. At half-time we move the pieces a little bit, but overall the game was always under control and I am very pleased with the performance.’
‘I am not the one to speak to my colleagues about their behaviour on the touchline.’