After Spurs drew 1-1 with Liverpool on Saturday to dent their title hopes, a frustrated Klopp sought to dig into the type of football they played under Antonio Conte.
Conte organized his team superbly and Tottenham came away with an earned run despite having just 35% possession on Merseyside.
Klopp said: “I don’t like that kind of football. I think they are world class, and I think they should do more for the game. They play a world class team, they sit They drew against us now they won against [Manchester] City. So the game plan works for these games, but they’re always fifth, so that’s it.
Klopp’s argument was that teams of the caliber of Tottenham, with quality players like Harry Kane, Heung-min Son and now Dejan Kulusevski, should stand up and commit more.
But the Liverpool boss has now walked back those comments and insisted he has full respect for Conte, the job he does at Spurs and his approach.
Klopp admitted his post-match comments on Saturday were influenced by disappointment at dropping just two points.
Speaking on Monday, Klopp was asked about Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola’s claims that everyone in the country wants Liverpool to beat them for the title.
And the German said: “As managers, and I had this experience recently, after a game we are obviously… we are massively influenced by the game, the situation and stuff like that.
“Would I say it again? No. I said after the match: “They play as they play and are still only fifth”. It was good then, but anyway [it was] Wrong.
“But that was just my feeling at the time. I couldn’t respect Antonio more, what he does and how he organizes teams.