Tottenham may have suffered defeat at Liverpool on Wednesday night, but the performance proved they are in the title race and will win a trophy in the near future, believes Peter Crouch.
Spurs lost 2-1 at Anfield thanks to a 90th minute Roberto Firmino header which saw Liverpool leapfrog them and return to the top of the Premier League table.
The match had been level for nearly an hour after Son Heung-min cancelled out a Mohamed Salah goal in the first half and it looked like the visitors had secured a point away to the champions.
The Reds dominated possession, finishing the match with 76% of the ball, but Tottenham’s counter-attacking approach nearly paid off, with good chances to pinch all three points themselves through Steven Bergwijn and Harry Kane.
It was a night that ended in disappointment for Jose Mourinho and his Spurs squad, but Crouch believes they proved themselves to be title contenders with the performance and he expects his old side to be winning a trophy soon enough.
‘It has shown how far Spurs have come, though,’ Crouch said on Amazon Prime’s coverage. ‘They’ve come a long, long way from where they were.
‘They’re not going away. He (Mourinho) didn’t want to say it in the interview there, but I believe they are in the title race.
It was a clash of styles at Anfield, with both managers happy with how their teams played with their contrasting philosophies.
‘We were playing to win, we were not playing to get a point,’ said Mourinho after the game. ‘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.’
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said of an interaction with Mourinho after the final whistle: ‘Jose told me “the better team lost”. I thought he was joking, but he wasn’t.’