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Jurgen Klopp’s reaction after Antonio Conte punched ball out of Liverpool manager’s hand

Jurgen Klopp’s reaction after Antonio Conte punched ball out of Liverpool manager’s hand

During his team’s victory, Jurgen Klopp managed to defuse tension on the sidelines by embracing members of the Tottenham staff.

Liverpool traveled to north London on Sunday afternoon and dominated the first half thanks to two goals scored by Mohamed Salah.

Tottenham was attempting to re-enter the game, and Antonio Conte did not want his opponent to squander time.

The ball rebounded into the arms of Pep Lijnders, Liverpool’s number two, who collected it.

Conte ran over to the opposing bench and smacked the ball out of Lijnders’ hands after a new ball was handed to a Tottenham player in preparation for the throw-in.

The Dutch coach appeared perplexed, while Klopp, who had his back to the action, turned around and raised his arms as if to ask what had occurred.

Temperaments threatened to boil over, but tranquility was swiftly restored as Klopp hugged Tottenham’s staff and Conte and Lijnders exchanged hugs.

In the second half, Tottenham was able to rally, with Harry Kane scoring a goal for the hosts, who were attempting to stage yet another comeback.

They were unable to accomplish this as they suffered their fourth league loss of the season. Conte refused to blame his team, instead characterizing the result as “unfair.”

He told Sky Sports: “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.

“It is difficult to explain this type of game. For sure the performance was good. We are managing a situation with many, many injuries and we need to find new solutions. This type of performance against a team like Liverpool gives me satisfaction as it shows the hard work works.”

After their Carabao Cup match against Nottingham Forest, Tottenham will play one more league game before the World Cup break. 

The penultimate game before a month-long hiatus for the tournament in Qatar is against Leeds.

Harry Kane, who will be a leading figure for England, remarked after the loss, “We fought until the end and we knew if we got one back we would have chances to get a second but unfortunately we couldn’t do it and it’s disappointing.”

“We need to be better at controlling games and we have to look back at this game but I don’t think it was terrible, we just got punished with two clinical goals. In the second half we were the better team so we will not panic but we need to be better for sure.”

Jurgen Klopp’s reaction after Antonio Conte punched ball out of Liverpool manager’s hand

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