‘Jurgen was happy with the way that we played tonight? Yeah?’: Antonio Conte reignites his feud with Liverpool boss Klopp with a sarcastic dig, months after they fell out over Spurs’ playing style
- Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has reignited his feud with Jurgen Klopp
- He made a dig at the Liverpool boss after Spurs lost 2-1 on Sunday afternoon
- Conte asked whether Klopp enjoyed their style of football after the game
- It was a direct reference to Klopp’s comments after their 1-1 draw in May
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has reignited his feud with Jurgen Klopp by making a dig at the Liverpool boss following their Premier League clash on Sunday.
Mohamed Salah scored a brace to see Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-1 and record their first top-flight victory away from home this season.
Speaking after the game, Conte made a sarcastic reference to Klopp’s comments from May, when he accused Spurs of being defensive and unadventurous.
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has reignited his feud with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp
He made a dig at the Liverpool boss following their 2-1 loss to the Reds on Sunday afternoon
Speaking after Tottenham’s loss to Liverpool on Sunday, Conte sarcastically said: ‘Before I answer the [first] question, Jurgen was happy with the way that we played tonight? Yeah? It was important to know his opinion.
‘Jurgen is a really good coach but at the end tonight we are talking about a defeat and I’m happy with the game that we played at Anfield. The final result was 1-1 and it was better.’
Conte’s comments came after Klopp criticised Tottenham’s style of play following their draw with Liverpool in May.
Speaking after the game, Conte (left) made a sarcastic reference to Klopp’s (right) comments from May when he accused Spurs of being defensive and unadventurous
Conte sarcastically asked whether the Liverpool boss enjoyed the game on Sunday afternoon
Klopp attracted the ire of Conte when he said ‘I don’t like this kind of football’ and that a ‘world-class’ Spurs team ‘should do more for the game’.
Speaking after their 1-1 draw in the summer, Klopp said: ‘I am sorry, I am the wrong person to ask about because I don’t like this kind of football.
‘But that is my personal problem. I think they are world-class and I think they should do more for the game.’
The German manager did apologise soon after. He said: ‘As managers, and I had this experience recently, after a game we are obviously… we are massively influenced by the game, the situation and stuff like this.
‘Would I say it again? No. I said after the game, ‘They play like they play and are still only fifth’. It felt good in that moment but anyway [it was] wrong.
Conte said that Sunday’s result against Liverpool was an unfair reflection of the game
‘But it was just my feeling in that moment. I could not respect Antonio more, what he is doing and how he organises teams.’
Conte also shared his opinion on Sunday’s game shortly after the final whistle as he claimed the result was ‘unfair’ on Tottenham.
He said: ‘It is difficult to explain the defeat tonight, we deserved much more but also after the first half in the dressing room I was happy with the desire and what we did.
‘We put a lot of pressure on Liverpool and were 2-0 down but we didn’t know why. In the second half, we played really well. Their goalkeeper made good saves and we hit the post and the crossbar. I think the result is unfair.’
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