David Moyes mocks Jurgen Klopp as previous comments come back to bite the Liverpool boss
David Moyes has mocked Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp after Sunderland secured a draw that puts a dent in the Merseysiders’ title hopes.
Klopp appears to have irritated the Scot with his claim that Sunderland were the most defensive team he had ever faced when Liverpool won at Anfield in November and Moyes could not resist a little dig after frustrating the German for different reasons.
Sunderland surprised Liverpool with the quality of their attacking display in front of their own supporters, and deserved at least a point, as Jermain Defoe scored twice from the penalty spot to cancel out goals from Daniel Sturridge and Sadio Mane.
“I’m feeling we weren’t too defensive today,” smiled Moyes, when asked what his mood was like after closing the gap on fourth-from-bottom Crystal Palace to just a single point.
“We're saying to the players, it's important to pick up points at home, that's really important. We're starting to get a bit of belief that we can win games, or draw them, against the better teams here, which between now and the end of the season, is going to be massive for us.
“I honestly thought the players raised the supporters by the way they got up to Liverpool, how they put them under pressure, how they pressed them.
“Maybe if I was a German manager, you might praise that. If I'd been German, you might praise me for doing something different.”
Moyes, though, did admit that Liverpool still can win the title, even though, as a former manager at Everton and Manchester United, he found that difficult to accept.
“Chelsea and Liverpool are both very good teams,” he added. "Liverpool have a great energy and way of attacking. Chelsea have a different tactical style. Both are real threats and have big chances of winning the league.
“I couldn’t pick one of them to win it. It would be hard for me to pick Liverpool where I’ve come from… But I think they both have a big chance.”
Sunderland’s optimism may not last the month. There is little room for manoeuvre in terms of new signings and Moyes will also lose three players, including man-of-the-match Didier Ndong, to the Africa Cup of Nations this week.
“I'm going with the standard line at the moment,” said Moyes. “There is no money. If that changes in January, we'll all get a surprise. I hope it could alter, but at the moment, I'm standing by that.”