The preparation for Liverpool was made "hard" by the Covid situation, admits Jürgen Klopp

The Reds saw preparations for Sunday's game paused after Thiago Alcantara tested positive along with Virgil Van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones

USA About: Liverpool Publish: 12/20/2021 Edit: 12/20/2021 Author: Gardener

LiverpoolLiverpool coach Jürgen Klopp admits that the preparation for the 2-2 draw in the Premier League on Sunday in Tottenham was made "tough" by the club's coronavirus situation. The Reds saw preparations for the game being paused after Thiago Alcantara tested positive - joining Virgil Van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones - while Jordan Henderson was sick but has no Covid-19. It did so after Thursday night's game against Newcastle, while they also had no chance to properly explore Tottenham as the hosts got back into action for the first time in a fortnight after their own coronavirus outbreak. Klopp's side earned a point thanks to goals from Diogo Jota and Andrew Robertson, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min making it onto Spurs 'scorers' list, though there was significant VAR drama in the game that the German believed was also affected things. "Yes, it's tough, absolutely tough," he said when setting up the game. “They play against Tottenham and they saw they looked fresher in the second half than they did in the first half, so this is an intense time and we have to make sure we all have the same opportunities and the same situation. “It's difficult at this moment, I can see that, but besides that, I don't know which team I can field because I always wait for the test results in the morning, we had absolutely no idea about the Tottenham team. “Usually you prepare for a game and you have an idea who played last week and stuff, but we had absolutely no idea - and we saw the line-up and apart from (Pierre-Emile) Hojbjerg it was pretty much that “First lineup and they looked fresh. Jota scored his sixth goal to make it 1-1 in the last seven games and the Portuguese was satisfied with one point. "Well, pretty intense," he told the club's official website. “Hard - a tough game from start to finish, a lot happened. “I think we did a very good first half; They pushed a little more forward in the second half. “I think the first half was better for us than the second. We also got the red card (Robertson), so we couldn't push forward as usual in the final minutes. "But in the end there is a point and we move on."

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