- Title: Klopp warns Liverpool not to underestimate 'top side' Spurs
- Date: 25th October 2019
- Summary: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (OCTOBER 25, 2019) (REUTERS) LIVERPOOL MANAGER JUERGEN KLOPP ENTERS NEWS CONFERENCE LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (OCTOBER 21, 2019) (REUTERS) TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR MANAGER MAURICIO POCHETTINO TRAINING WITH PLAYERS LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (OCTOBER 25, 2019) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL MANAGER, JUERGEN KLOPP, SAYING: "We have to be in the situation to understand the situation, and I'm not in the Tottenham situation at all, I don't understand it. What I saw was a good Tottenham side on Tuesday night, a very good Tottenham side and that's what we are thinking about and not why the start of Tottenham is not as you or Tottenham expected." LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (OCTOBER 22, 2019) (REUTERS) LIVERPOOL TRAINING AHEAD OF THEIR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE MATCH AGAINST GENK LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (OCTOBER 25, 2019) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (England) LIVERPOOL MANAGER, JUERGEN KLOPP, SPEAKING ABOUT TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR, SAYING: "Football is like this, from time to time things don't work out. But now we saw that game, and it was not the only game, in the other games when the results were not really there, they had good moments as well and it's not that they forgot how to play football, that Harry Kane don't know it anymore, he showed in that game especially how good he can be, then Son, then (Dele) Alli, long or more often injured, coming back, finding rhythm, all that stuff, so the Eriksen story or not, I don't know it's just that you cannot finally understand it from outside but they are always able to put the proper performance on the pitch so that's how it is and that's what we have to expect, that's how it is and it's no problem. And on top we won the Champions League final, we know that, and that's the night, I think we were very respectful in that moment with all the celebrations but still we were the one who were on the other side of the.. that night and that's of course another additional motivation to put some things right, that's all clear but in the end it's a football game between two really good teams and the situation around them will not make a massive difference. We will not be that confident that absolutely nothing can happen to us or whatever and they will not be - I do not even know how many points they have - but they will not play like a team with the points tally they have. They are a top side in the Premier League and they will be a top side in the whole season in the Premier League and we have to respect that and play the best football we can play against."
- Embargoed: 8th November 2019 14:50
- Keywords: Liverpool Premier League
- Location: LIVERPOOL/LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- City: LIVERPOOL/LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA001B2LJ39B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Tottenham Hotspur's poor start does not mean they have forgotten how to play soccer and Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp expects the north London club to put in a 'proper performance' when they visit Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday (October 27).
Liverpool lead the table by six points ahead of Manchester City, while Spurs are seventh, 13 points behind the leaders.
Both teams had good results in the Champions League in midweek, with Spurs thumping Red Star Belgrade 5-0 and Liverpool beating Genk 4-1 and Klopp said his team were more concerned by Spurs' latest performance than their earlier struggles.
"What I can say is we saw a very good Tottenham side on Tuesday night and that's what we think about," the German told a news conference on Friday (October 25).
"It's not that they forgot how to play football, that Harry Kane doesn't know how any more. They are always able to put in a proper performance on the pitch. That's what we have to expect.
"We will not be so confident that absolutely nothing can happen to us and they will not play like a team with the points tally they have. They are a top side in the Premier League and will be a top side the whole season."
Klopp also said that defenders Andy Robertson, Trent-Alexander Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip, as well as goalkeeper Alisson Becker were all in contention to start.
Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored twice in Wednesday's (October 24) win over Genk and Klopp praised the 26-year-old's return to form after the knee injury that kept him out almost the whole of last season.
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