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‘We cost you the title’: Conte sends message to Klopp ahead of Liverpool vs Tottenham

Antonio Conte has begun his minds games with Jurgen Klopp ahead of Liverpool and Tottenham facing off.

The two sides meet in the Premier League on Sunday for the first time since a 1-1 draw in May that proved pivotal in the title run-in.

If Liverpool want to make a push for the top four, it probably starts with their game on Sunday.

Liverpool are 9th in the Premier League and 10 points off Spurs, who sit 3rd.

However, the Reds have a game in hand on the Lilywhites, so a win on Sunday and a win in their game in hand would close that gap to just four with over half the season to play.

But Spurs are a tough team to break down and the draw in May was the only time Liverpool dropped points to anyone other than Manchester City in their final 18 games of the season, with Pep Guardiola’s side going on to clinch the title by a single point.

In the aftermath, Klopp was critical of Conte’s counter-attacking style, claiming he ‘could not coach’ such tactics and urging Spurs, who had just 35 per cent possession, to ‘do more for the game’, though the Reds boss later claimed his remarks were a backhanded compliment.

“But you know, instead we reached the Champions League with that draw. It’s okay, every coach has to speak for his team. For every coach it’s important to understand the best strategy to reach a good result.

“Honestly, I have seen again the last game we played against Liverpool and if there was a team that deserved to win it was Tottenham not Liverpool. But I understand after the game when you felt you lost the Premier League to say something wrong against another team, but he has said sorry because he understood.

“No problem for me. When you are angry it’s very difficult sometimes to control your emotion.”

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Josh Barker

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