Antonio Conte has accused Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp of on the lookout for an “excuse or an alibi” after he criticized Tottenham’s fashion of play following their 1-1 draw on Saturday.
The outcome was an enormous blow to Liverpool’s hopes of successful the Premier League title — the Merseysiders are three factors behind leaders Manchester City with solely three video games left to play this season.
Tottenham, who have been harmful on the break at Anfield, may even have come away with a victory.
But Klopp, clearly sad at seeing his aspect drop factors within the title race, steered the guests had been overly defensive of their strategy, saying: “I don’t like this kind of football, but that is my problem. I cannot coach it.”
Conte said Klopp should concentrate on his own team.
“Jurgen is an intelligent person, very clever,” the Italian instructed reporters on Tuesday.
“He was a bit frustrated after the game, but at the same time for every coach it is important to learn to be focused on your team, not the opponent.
“It means you want to find an excuse or an alibi because your job didn’t work or something was wrong.”
Despite a creditable level, the draw at Anfield has hampered fifth-placed Tottenham’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.
Spurs are actually 4 factors behind Arsenal heading into Thursday’s north London derby, the place a win for the Gunners would assure them a top-four end.