“If I was José I would take the 0-0 right now” – that’s hardly the sort of attitude that Tottenham fans might have expected to come from a coach that has on several occasions been seen as one that might be able to bring back the vitality to the club when it was missing.
That said, one can understand the pragmatic approach of managers keen to keep their side free of loss, at all costs.
Spurs don’t have a great record at Anfield. The Lilywhites have won just one of their last 26 Premier League away games against Liverpool (D8 L17), winning 2-0 in May 2011 under Harry Redknapp.
Maybe a draw wouldn’t be the world’s worst outcome after all?