‘It is incredible’ – Antonio Conte praises Liverpool man ahead of trip to Anfield

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Antonio Conte
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Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte has praised his Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp ahead of this weekend’s match.

The pair will lock horns at Anfield on Saturday evening with Liverpool looking to keep themselves in the race for the Premier League title while Spurs will know that a defeat would be a body blow to their hopes of finishing in the top four and securing a return to the Champions League.

Liverpool head into the fixture seeking an unprecedented quadruple of titles, having already won the Carabao Cup and still in contention for the Premier League crown, they have also secured their place in the finals of the Champions League and FA Cup.

Conte, who is more used to competing for trophies has commended Klopp’s efforts with Liverpool this season, describing at this afternoon’s press conference what the Reds have achieved as ‘incredible’.

He told Football.London: “We are trying to have a good idea. I hope not the same idea as Liverpool. For sure we know that in this moment Liverpool are in really good form. I have watched the game against Villarreal and it was incredible the calm that the team showed in a difficult situation. They were 2-0 down and the atmosphere was very difficult. They are one of the best teams in the world with Manchester City.

“We’ve prepared for the game very well. We need to be very good without the ball, to be good defensively, but if we want to win, we have to be very good with the ball. I said this to my players. We need to play a good game, not to be scared of the pressure.

“We are trying to have a good idea. I hope not the same idea as Liverpool. For sure we know that in this moment Liverpool are in really good form. I have watched the game against Villarreal and it was incredible the calm that the team showed in a difficult situation. They were 2-0 down and the atmosphere was very difficult. They are one of the best teams in the world with Manchester City.

We’ve prepared for the game very well. We need to be very good without the ball, to be good defensively, but if we want to win, we have to be very good with the ball. I said this to my players. We need to play a good game, not to be scared of the pressure.”

SpursWeb Opinion

Liverpool have grown in stature following the Champions League final win against Spurs while the north Londoners have had to go back to the drawing board with the start of a rebuild, which Mauricio Pochettino warned the club about.  

If Spurs want to show they are serious about becoming challengers in the future, they need to head to Anfield with the mentality of taking all three points and securing a top four finish this season.

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