Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had no time for questions about Saturday’s opponents Tottenham, instead claiming his focus is solely on his own side.
Liverpool drew with the title chasers 1-1 after Harry Kane’s second-half goal ruled out Coutinho’s excellent opener.
“I didn’t need it,” Klopp told the Echo asked if Mauricio Pochettino’s success give him hope for Liverpool long term.
“I didn’t need to know that Tottenham can do this, to know that things like this are possible. It means nothing mean to me.
“I’m not interested In Tottenham. Why should I be? I’m interested in Liverpool and our way.
“I don’t watch other teams and think ‘wow, how do they play!’
“If you want to write something that makes sense about this game, then think about if there should be seven positions between us.
“If not, then we have to think about how we can close this gap. I saw a few really good signs that this could be possible.
“We still have to develop a few things but we are on a good way. They didn’t run more than us today. In the last few weeks it was really good from my team.
“I think we created more chances, we had more shots on goal, more ball possession – maybe second half that changed a little bit, but first half for sure.
“We pressed better. That’s all true. But they have more points, that’s true too.
“We know we are in a good way.”
While Klopp’s right that there shouldn’t be so many points or positions between Spurs and ourselves; based on our squads, our highest level and the weekend’s game – there sadly is.
And it’s this that must be fixed from now until the end of the season, but also the summer. We’ve eight Premier League games left and a very, very outside chance of a top four finish if we essentially win them all.
But it’s our Europa League quarterfinal which is the undoubted priority, and Klopp’s taking his Liverpool side to former club Borussia Dortmund to try and defeat the favourites on Thursday.
If we manage to qualify for the Champions League via either competition, it will require a wonderful finish to the season.