Jurgen Klopp wishes West Ham would 'scare' more teams after Mark Noble's comments

West Ham United v Liverpool FC - Premier League

Liverpool are in danger of being overtaken at the top of the Premier League following Monday night's 1-1 draw away to West Ham.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring in the 22nd minute with a smart turn and finish from James Milner's cross, but six minutes later West Ham were level through Michail Antonio.

A clever free-kick from Felipe Anderson fed the Englishman and he managed to catch Alisson cold with a snap shot into the bottom-left corner.

Both sides had their chances throughout the rest of the game and in the end it was arguably West Ham who deserved to win.

The Hammers were superb defensively and looked dangerous with every attack. Milner was also offside for Liverpool's goal, so it shouldn't have counted.

Since the game there's been a lot of talk about how refereeing decisions impacted the result, but West Ham captain Mark Noble believes it came down to Liverpool being "scared" of them.

"We defended fantastically well and probably deserved to win tonight," he said. "You can't play man to man against Liverpool and out-pass them. You have to keep your shape and stop them.

"We scared them. You have to do that against the top teams. I am just gutted we didn't come away with the three points."

West Ham United v Liverpool FC - Premier League

Noble's comments didn't take long to reach Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who was visibly rattled in his post-match press conference as he shut down the 31-year-old.

"I wish for West Ham fans that Mark Noble and his team would scare more teams and not only us tonight because they would be in another situation," Klopp retorted.

"I don't know him really well, so I don't know why he speaks about us after a game like that.

"They defended well, that's true. They did not scare us - it's a normal away game. We have won away games when we played worse than tonight and nobody spoke about it afterwards.

"They have quality, there is no doubt about it. Why they don't have more results I don't know. They had a result but I did not see that they scared us."

Klopp never usually lets comments like Noble's get to him, but perhaps it's a sign that he's feeling the pressure of the title race.

Manchester City can overtake Liverpool on Wednesday night with victory over Everton, which means the Reds will have to beat Bournemouth on Saturday.

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