Liverpool boss Klopp succumbing to pressure after Spurs claim - Hutton

By Alan Hutton

10th May, 2022 | 2:27pm

Jurgen Klopp has succumbed to 'intense pressure' at Liverpool after controversial claim - pundit

Alan Hutton has admitted Jurgen Klopp succumbed to the “intense pressure” at Liverpool after taking aim at Tottenham following Saturday’s 1-1 draw.

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the German manager let his emotions get the better of him in his post-match interview.

As quoted by Sky Sports after the game (8 May), Klopp slammed Tottenham’s pragmatic approach and insisted “I don’t like this kind of football”.

He went on to say Spurs should “do more for the game” with the “world-class” talent they have.

As quoted by the Evening Standard (9 May), Klopp admitted he regretted his comments and that he has huge respect for Antonio Conte.

Hutton suggested the outburst demonstrates just how much pressure everyone at Anfield is under.

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“It was an emotional reaction to what had just happened,” Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge.

“The pressure that was on that game, it was obvious for everybody to see. They’re going for the league, they’re just off it, you’ve drawn at home.

“We know Tottenham sit in against these big teams and hit on the counter-attack with Kane, Son and Kulusevski. That’s what they do.

“It’s happened to everybody, especially me, in my career. Somebody grabs you and asks you a question when you’re still in that emotional state. You just tell the truth and it comes out. That is what I put it down to.

“He’s spoken since, he did apologise for that. I think it was just that emotion that was running high at that moment in time.

“What he’ll do is take that pressure away from the players. That’s what the manager is there for. He’s happy to do that, to take the blame off the players. I like that about him.

“But the pressure is so intense, he has been caught at the wrong moment and bang, that is what he said.”

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