JOSE ENRIQUE (left) was left to rue the “bad decision” which contributed to Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat at Tottenham.
The Reds’ eight-game unbeaten run in the Premier League was ended in controversial fashion at White Hart Lane.
Brendan Rodgers’ side battled back after falling behind to early goals from Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale. However, they were cruelly denied a penalty before the break when Phil Dowd ignored protests after Steven Gerrard was shoved over by Mousa Dembele.
Bale’s own goal halved the deficit in the second half but the Reds couldn’t find an equaliser.
“It was an amazingly clear penalty,” said Enrique.
“I need to be careful what I say as I don’t want to get into trouble. It’s the referee’s decision but in my opinion it was a bad decision.
“We had some decisions which weren’t very good and we are disappointed, but it’s gone now and we can’t do anything about it.
“We need to think about the next game. If we keep playing like this then the points will come.
“We were very unlucky to lose. They scored two quick goals and from 2-0 down it was difficult to come back but the team did well.
“Possession is important but as the manager says the most important thing is possession with penetration.
“We scored one and we had chances to score a lot more goals but we didn’t take them. It is so frustrating because the team is playing well and we deserve a lot more points than we have got.”
Defeat saw the Reds slip to 12th place in the Premier League ahead of Saturday’s visit of Southampton.
“It’s difficult when you are playing well and not getting points,” added Enrique.
“But we are playing against good teams and playing better than them. We are playing really good football and we need to keep playing like this.
“We just have to forget about the table when we are on the pitch and just focus on that game.
“I hope the results will soon come. We say it every week but we have to take our chances. We need points to get to the top four which is where we need to be.”
Enrique once again impressed in an attacking left-sided role up alongside Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling.
“I’m enjoying the games because I am playing and I am fit after the problem with my knee,” he said.
“I am happy with how I am playing and I’ll play wherever the manager wants me.
“But the most important thing for me is to win the game. I would prefer to play a lot worse and for us to win.”