Tottenham’s defeat at home to Liverpool on Sunday was “unfair”, their coach Antonio Conte claimed.
A first-half brace from Mohamed Salah put Jurgen Klopp’s side in control, with Spurs’ attacking play limited in the opening 45 minutes, although Ivan Perisic did hit the frame of the goal.
The hosts possessed a greater threat in the second period, and Perisic was again denied by the woodwork before Harry Kane found the net in a sixth consecutive home league game – a Tottenham first in the Premier League era.
However, Spurs could not find an equaliser, and the 2-1 loss leaves them without a win in 10 league meetings with Liverpool.
That sequence matches Tottenham’s worst in this fixture, but Conte felt the scoreline was not a fair reflection of this encounter.
“It is difficult to explain the defeat tonight,” he told Sky Sports. “We deserved much more, but also after the first half, in the dressing room, I was happy with the desire and what we did.
2 – Having also been two goals behind at half-time against Newcastle, this is the first time Spurs have ever trailed by 2+ goals at half-time in consecutive Premier League home games. Deficit.
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“We put a lot of pressure on Liverpool and were 2-0 down, but we didn’t know why. In the second half, we played really well.
“Their goalkeeper made good saves, and we hit the post and the crossbar. I think the result is unfair.
“It is difficult to explain this type of game. For sure, the performance was good. We are managing a situation with many, many injuries, and we need to find new solutions.
“This type of performance against a team like Liverpool gives me satisfaction as it shows the hard work works.”
Spurs’ loss leaves them in fourth, just three points clear of Manchester United, who have a game in hand in fifth.