Sadio Mane’s clumsy challenge on Heung-min Son could have given Spurs a chance to snatch a draw from the visitors’ grasp
Mauricio Pochettino claims Tottenham should have had a penalty at the end of a game where they were beaten 2-1 by Premier League leaders Liverpool at Wembley.
The visitors were the better side but were guilty of letting Spurs back in the game after Erik Lamela scored in stoppage-time in reply to Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino’s strikes.
And in the final moments of the game Sadio Mane’s clumsy challenge on Heung-min Son left the Spurs players and fans pleading for a spot-kick but referee Michael Oliver was unconvinced.
But Pochettino, who admitted his players made mistakes in the game, was adamant his side should have had the opportunity to claim an unlikely draw.
He said: “I am not disappointed. In the second half we made mistakes but we were pushing. The goals we conceded came from our own mistakes, but I am calm – we need time to get to our best. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose.
“Plus, I think it was a penalty at the end by Mane on Son. If we had scored that penalty it would have been 2-2 and we would be having a different interview.”
Meanwhile, it’s five wins from five for the Reds who keep their place at the top of the league.
But their inability to convert many chances could be something that will worry Liverpool fans as the team were not clinical enough in front of goal.
However, manager Jurgen Klopp said he had nothing to criticise about the performance despite his animated gestures in the technical area whenever his players kept missing opportunities to put the game beyond any doubt at 2-0.
He said: “What a game from my boys – that was really, really good.
“Tottenham are one of the best teams in world football, and to come here and perform like that after the international break… I didn’t take that for granted.
“We were defensively good, offensively good, and the performance was better than the result. It was perhaps a but nervy at the end but no problem.
“I have nothing to be critical about today. If you win games and you’re not 100% with the performance it’s still three points – I like that. It’s a deserved result.”