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Confident Klopp Praises Liverpool Opponents Tottenham

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed confidence that his side can match Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday’s English Premier League early kick-off at White Hart Lane.

The Reds will hope to bounce back from their shock 2-0 league defeat to Burnley last weekend.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Thursday ahead of the clash, Klopp described Spurs as a solid side.

“They are absolutely convinced about their way and their style of play. They didn’t change too much and they have high individual quality,” Klopp said.

“They can even leave [Dele] Alli out, that’s a big difference from last year, with [Vincent] Janssen they have a really skilled striker. Harry [Kane] can play from a No.10 position too and did it well.

“[Victor] Wanyama and [Eric] Dier in the centre is a little bit different to Dier and [Mousa] Dembele. The rest [of the team] is very experienced and has played together one-and-a-half or two years nearly but they are still young so there’s still space for development.

“That’s what you need to know but at the end they need to play against us and this game can be completely different to the last two games we played.

“The whole situation on the pitch will be different. They are a pressing team, a high-pressure team, so we need to know about this. They don’t give away a lot of spaces but there are spaces, of course.

“They need to play against us and that’s the thing, so I’m not too interested in where they develop but, of course, we know they are strong, that’s the only thing we need to know. We can be strong too and should show this at 12.30 on Saturday.”

Reflecting on his selection, the manager explained that finding rhythm is his main concern in the early stages of the season, rather than resting players who are yet to feature regularly.

“The most important thing in this early stage of the season is that you can get rhythm,” he added.

“It’s not about rest, there’s no intensity, these boys recover in hours. If you already have 50 games in your legs then it’s quite difficult to have the next game three days later but not at this moment.

“So, I have no reason to think about the line-up for Burton. I was only [thinking about] how can we win this game?

“One or two players with not a perfect pre-season, you have to think about if it makes sense to leave them out after the game on Saturday and then Tuesday, especially when you have fresh, high-quality players on the bench.

“That was the situation so we could bring in Emre [Can], bring in Divock [Origi] – unfortunately these two players are now a little bit in doubt – we could bring in Joel Matip, which made absolute sense.

“But it was not about the opponent, it was only about our rhythm. We need to use each minute. We now have, until the first international break, three weeks of the season, then another three weeks and another international break.

“If they all played in England it would be no problem but they play all over the world; the game is a smaller issue than the travel they have to do.

“But it’s the same for all teams so we don’t have to moan about it, it’s just not perfect. We need to use this moment in the season to get rhythm and to answer the questions we still have in our game.”

He added: “When you see matches from last season in February, we are stronger now. But obviously it’s not easy to show in this moment because there’s not the rhythm, not that knowledge of each way.

“You can’t [be fully ready] even when you have a lot of pre-season games – pre-season games are different to Premier League games.

“All teams are in the same situation but we need to collect points in this moment to have a really good base for the moment when the league starts with all teams in best shape.”

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