Huge win for Liverpool in the Champions League race – reactions
English Premier League: Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham
As a symbol, the highly criticized striker Mario Balotelli, who struggles to find his pace with Liverpool, delivered Anfield at the 83rd minute and send the Reds just point behind their opponent.. The race for the 3rd and 4th place will be exciting till the end!
Coach Liverpool – Rodgers:
“We knew tonight would be a tough game but it was very important that we got the three points to keep closing the gap”.
“It was probably a great game to watch for spectators. The way everything was going, you knew we would always create chances. Daniel [Sturridge], coming back, is always a threat in behind.
“The way he makes the runs, he was unfortunate not to get a second penalty. Young Jordon Ibe was very calm on the night; he played well and slipped that ball into Adam.
“He showed a lot of composure with the ball and then Adam played a cross in to Mario to get the winner. As we talked about in the team meeting, we needed to win tonight, to get closer and edge closer.
“Our next game in the league is at Southampton and we’ll be looking to do exactly the same thing again – get three points and keep closing the gap”.
Coach Tottenham – Pochettino
“It was a great game and a good performance but it’s true it wasn’t the same as the last game against Arsenal.
“In the first half we gave away a lot of balls and gave the opportunity to Liverpool to counter-attack.
“At the end, in the last 10 minutes, I thought the game was finished and we deserved to take a minimum of one point from Anfield, but that’s football and we have to accept it. It’s unlucky for us.
“It’s a shame but we have to keep working. We have a young squad, a young team and it’s never easy to play again three days after such a big game at White Hart Lane, never easy to play another tough game like Liverpool.
“I’m a little sad because the effort was great from our players. I’m proud of them for their effort, just disappointed about the result.”