Jurgen Klopp laughed along on the touchline as the Tottenham goals flew in before letting rip with a furious critique of Liverpool’s defensive shambles.
Klopp claimed he could have done better himself to prevent the first of four Spurs goals, the second was too ‘easy’ and the third was ‘another present’.
‘The first would not happen if I was on the pitch but I am in the middle of the technical area in my trainers,’ said the Liverpool boss as he fumed about Harry Kane’s fourth-minute opener, which set the tone.
‘We have to protect the offensive things we do,’ said Klopp. ‘We all know Tottenham will play into areas like this. It is not a bad cross but we miss the moment and it was not possible for counter-pressing.
‘Normally Dejan Lovren would make the header but he missed the ball. Son is in a better position and he is very quick, so it’s an easy ball. We put it on a plate.’
When Mohamed Salah reduced the deficit to 2-1, the game was ‘on the table’ according to Klopp, but Spurs scored their third in first-half stoppage-time when Joel Matip headed a free-kick down for Dele Alli.
All so obvious and always bad. We had chances but you can’t get results with a performance like this against a team like Tottenham who were completely spot on. We weren’t and that’s my responsibility. I don’t want to say anything positive about us.’
The Liverpool boss replaced centre half Lovren after half an hour in an attempt to stop his team leaking goals but Kane added the fourth in the second half.
‘Dejan was no worse than the others,’ said Klopp. ‘We had to change something. We had to be more stable. I could have taken another off. We still conceded two more after he left the pitch. Nobody should feel good at the moment.’
This crushing defeat leaves Liverpool trailing 12 points behind leaders Manchester City.
‘We can’t talk top four,’ said Klopp. ‘We are ninth with the worst statistic since 1964, I can’t believe it. We are where we are and we deserve that. The only way to fix it is to stay strong and work on it. That’s what we’ll do. We have to show a reaction.’