Klopp lauds Liverpool players for 'perfect' reaction

But the games do not slow down for Spurs, with a two-legged Europa League tie against Gent on the agenda and an FA Cup trip to Fulham before they resume Premier League commitments at home to Stoke on February 26. "We knew we had to show a reaction today, we knew we had to show fight, and we did, right from the start", Klopp said.

"To be fair, in the big games it's been the best kind of football we've played this season, so I think it's easier for everyone to perform in those kind of games", said the Holland worldwide, whose last two goals have come against City and Chelsea at Anfield. I love football, but I have no problems with a few days for us to really train. "It is an important game for us".

"I'm not sure if we [will be] there but we'll try everything to get as many points as we can get from the season and then we count and see what it was worth".

However, Klopp will also work on how to ensure his team do not suffer similar problems to the ones they have had over the last six weeks in struggling to break down sides who are mainly intent on defending.

"Suddenly, the team with one of the best defensive records in the league looked like a unit that had never played together before". You always have to win the next game.

Isolated at left back with little protection in front, Ben Davies became the most disappointed person outside of Dakar that Senegal had been eliminated from the Africa Nations Cup as Sadio Mane took Tottenham's full-back apart.

The Senegalese winger put the match out of Tottenham's reach within the first 20 minutes itself by scoring two goals in the space of two minutes.

"We finally started 2017 tonight but we should not go nuts immediately", he said.

"We can not waste time thinking about this too much". Until now, nothing is done.

No one expected an easy game, but for the hosts to run as rampant as they did over Tottenham for the full duration of the game came as a shock.

The result leaves Spurs 10 points behind Chelsea and manager Mauricio Pochettino and captain Hugo Lloris as good as conceded the trophy afterwards.

The gap between first and second in the Premier League is still a decent margin for anyone to overcome, but Manchester City is giving neutrals hopes of a title fight.

"We would have preferred the Champions League but we need to enjoy this competition because we have a status - we are Tottenham, and we need to show that in every competition we are involved in".

  • Julie Sanders