Klopp denied Hammers scared Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp dismissed Mark Noble’s claim that West Ham scared Liverpool in the 1-1 daw at the London Stadium.

The Hammers were on top for much of the game and their captain suggested afterwards that Klopp’s side were fortunate to leave with a point.

The German said: “I like that really. I wish for all West Ham fans that Mark Noble and his team will scare more teams and not only us.

“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 didn’t scare us. It was just a normal away game.

“We have won away games when we played worse and nobody spoke about it afterwards.

“Do they have quality? There’s no doubt about that. Why they don’t get results more often, I don’t know.

“Tonight they had a result, 1-1, but they didn’t scare us.”

Michail Antonio equalised after Liverpool had gone ahead through a goal by Sadio Mane, which should have been ruled out because James Milner was in an offside position in the build-up.

Liverpool were well short of their best but Klopp was in defiant mood in his post-match press conference.

“We are fine,” he declared. “Everything is good. Tonight was just a tough game.”

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini was disappointed his team did not end up with all three points.

“Absolutely we are disappointed – no doubt,” Pellegrini said.

“We played in the way I like this team to play. Maybe no-one believed we could do it, but I was absolutely sure and I trust in the players that we can play in the way we did.”