London: Liverpool’s trip to Tottenham brings manager Jurgen Klopp to the venue of his first match in charge of the Reds. In the intervening 10 months the German, who took over from Brendan Rodgers last October, has guided the club to two cup finals but also a disappointing eighth-place Premier League finish.
Jurgen Klopp will be in charge of his 56th match for Liverpool in just eight months of competitive football in England. Pic/Getty Images
As he prepares to go back to White Hart Lane, where last season they played out a goalless draw, Klopp notes the strides his side have made but believes there is plenty of development to come.
Consistency in squad
Klopp believes the two teams have evolved in similar ways since the 0-0 draw on his last trip to White Hart Lane last October. “Both teams have consistency in the squad. There are of course new players, but not too many changes,” said the German, whose side lost at Burnley despite having over 80 percent of possession.
“It will be exciting what will happen there. They are still strong, of course. They’ve brought a few very good players in with the basis of their former squad. For us, everything could have been better, but it could have been worse. We’re still on the way. My team gave me a lot of really good signs to work with.”
“I made a few summaries after last season: good things, not-so-good things, the need for development — all that stuff,” said the manager, who will be in charge of his 56th match for the club in just eight months of actual competitive football.
Klopp will find Tottenham play the same pressing game as themselves and so the outcome is likely to be decided by who makes the fewest mistakes.
“Almost all the goals we have conceded up until now came after losing possession,” Klopp said. “It was not about the player who received the pass, it was about the player who played the pass in the wrong moment. “If you lose the ball in the wrong moment, it’s the most difficult moment to defend because you don’t have a formation for defending. That’s the things we work on.”
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