‘A proper team’ – Jurgen Klopp defends Spurs style of play and praises his title rivals


Jurgen Klopp has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur have threats all across the pitch and that his side must be worried about far more than just Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

Tottenham go into the match at Anfield sitting at the top of the table, ahead of Liverpool on goal difference but the Reds come into the game as favourites given their outstanding record at home.

Spurs have come under criticism from some pundits for their negative approach to matches over recent weeks but Klopp insisted that Mourinho’s men are more than just a counter-attacking outfit.

He said in his pre-match press conference (as relayed by Liverpool Echo’s Paul Gorst): “Spurs play real football. Kane drops in a way Firmino has done it. Quick wingers, is difficult [to defend].

“A very offensive midfielder in Ndombele then very strong midfielders behind. That is football. Cannot be top with just counter-attacks.”

Liverpool have a spate of injuries going into Wednesday’s clash and will be forced to field somewhat of a makeshift backline, as they have done in recent weeks.

Mourinho will be hoping that Tottenham’s deadly duo of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min will be able to exploit their opponents’ frailties at the back.

Klopp is under no illusions of the task his side have on their hands as they come up against two of the most in-form attackers in European football.

He said: “Harry Kane, of course, at all times, you have to make sure he is not involved and with Son, it is the same. The relationship they have has clicked properly. A lot of good things to say about Tottenham. We will still try to win the game.”

However, the German manager admitted that it is not just about paying extra attention to Kane and Son, insisting that Spurs also have other threats his side have to be wary of.

Klopp added: “If we keep [Son and Kane] quiet, they have a lot of others. A proper team with threats. Bergwijn is important to counters. Ndombele needed a bit longer but now 100% there.

“Lo Celso, Sissoko, Hjobjerg, a proper unit in midfield. It works well.”

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The way Liverpool have dealt with their frailties at the back over recent weeks is by taking the game to the opposition and smothering them early on by committing bodies forward. So, if we can keep it tight at the back and avoid concede early, they will certainly leave spaces at the back for us to exploit.

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