Jurgen Klopp is renowned for hugging his own players after matches but, on Saturday, made a beeline for an opponent - Harry Kane.
The Tottenham striker’s magnificent finish earned the away side a 1-1 draw at Anfield with his 22nd Premier League goal of the season.
Liverpool had earlier led with an equally impressive strike from Philippe Coutinho but Spurs, who desperately needed the three points to cut the gap to Leicester, equalised with less than half an hour remaining.
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But instead of being frustrated at Kane’s brilliance, Klopp embraced him on the pitch following the full-time whistle.
People were left wondering what Klopp and Kane were speaking about and now the England international has revealed all.
What Klopp said
“He just said three words: ‘what a strike’,” Kane told Ham & High, per The Mirror.
“It was obviously nice to hear from an opposing manager. He’s a good character to have in the Premier League, but if I’d scored another one he might not have done that!”
Proving the doubters wrong
Kane’s strike not only earned them a point, it saw him eclipse his goal total for last season. The 22-year-old was dubbed a ‘one-season wonder’ after he went eight matches without scoring at the start of the campaign and admitted that his earlier criticism makes his success even sweeter.
“Yes there was a lot of talk at the start of the season (about a one season wonder) but I have a lot of self-belief, I believe in my ability,” he explained.
“Whenever anyone tells you you can’t do something or that you’re not as good as you think you are, you want to prove them wrong.”
Kane continued: “Of course I want to do the best I can for myself anyway, but when people are telling me I can’t do it, it makes it even better for me when I go out there and work hard and do what I do and achieve what I achieve."
Despite Kane’s best efforts, the match against Liverpool appears to be two dropped points for Mauricio Pochettino’s side. That’s because the following day, Leicester managed to beat Southampton meaning they have extended their lead at the top of the table to seven points, with just six matches remaining.
While Premier League glory now appears unlikely, Kane is refusing to rule it out.
“Anything can happen. Leicester will do very well to win every game from now until the end of the season so we’ve just got to do what we can,” he said.
“Now this game’s over we’ve just got to focus on Man United, which is another tough game, at White Hart Lane [next Sunday]. We’re looking forward to it, we’ve got to go and get the win basically.
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