Jose Mourinho claims Jurgen Klopp’s defensive approach with Liverpool’s tactics damaged the quality of their Champions League final against Tottenham.
Liverpool lifted the trophy for the sixth time in their history as Klopp’s side sealed a 2-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Mohamed Salah opened the scoring in the second minute after Moussa Sissoko was penaltised for handball, while Divock Origi completed Liverpool’s victory with an excellent strike in the 87th minute.
But while Tottenham had chances to equalise, the game lacked quality and Mourinho believes Klopp’s decision to instruct his midfielders to play close to Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk restricted Liverpool’s attacking output.
Arsene Wenger also described Liverpool as ‘very, very average’ and felt Tottenham did not play with enough self-belief. ‘At the end of the day the game was decided on two set-pieces, a penalty and a corner, like so many times in big games,’ Wenger told beIN Sports. ‘I personally believe it was a very, very average Liverpool.