JÜRGEN Klopp was speaking to the press at Melwood today ahead of the visit of Tony Pulis’s West Brom, who have proved to be something of a bogey opponent in recent times.
To be fair, Pulis is just a bogey manager for the Reds. All signs point to the fact that we struggle to break down teams that sit deep and Pulis has never known a gang of 11 lads to not do the same. Set-pieces, long balls to Salomon Rondon and 10 men behind the ball are all on the menu at Anfield on Saturday.
Klopp: No Interest In Mourinho Comments
Klopp was quizzed today on the comments made by Jose Mourinho in the aftermath of the most eagerly anticipated 0-0 draw in the history of footie. Mourinho put on his usual act, downplaying Liverpool while bigging up his own tactics, and the usual to try and get under fans’ skin. It worked, to be fair to him.
Klopp has responded as well, by not responding, as he said: “I have no idea what this could mean. I’m not interested, to be honest.”
Glad he hasn’t got drawn into that. Exactly what Jose would want.
Klopp: Everything Is Good With Karius
It’s an argument which has rumbled on since his below-par performance against Swansea. But you feel that Klopp has only ever looked at it one way, so it probably isn’t worth the argument ’cause it won’t change his mind.
Anyway, he said: “It’s a very good start, that’s how it is. We watched him for a long time, last two years he was outstanding.
“It’s about collecting experience. It was not perfect, there was one situation [against United] but you take that risk for the goalkeeper who plays.
“He has to improve and he can improve, but I feel quite confident. Everything is good.”
Interesting. “You take that risk for the goalkeeper who plays.” Bad news for The Mig, that.
Klopp: Southampton Still Miss Lallana
Massive fan of Adam Lallana, me. Admittedly had my criticisms in the past but I like the fact that he never hides. He always shows and has been huge for Klopp. And Klopp appreciates him, and the hole he has left at Southampton it seems.
The German said: “Lallana was already captain of Southampton? That says a lot. He’s grown in confidence, he’s a real Liverpool player.
“A lot of players left Southampton in the last few years, but it seems with Adam they still really miss him!”
Bad News For The Fitness Egg
Finally, Klopp was quizzed on injuries and it was good news for the fans. Bad news for Ray The Fitness Egg, though.
Adam Smith’s column this week talks about the impact that social media and 24-hour rolling news has on the perception of players. Read that here.
The final in our series of extracts from Howard Gayle’s book, as he talks about how difficult it was to make the breakthrough at Liverpool. Read it here.