Jürgen Klopp piles praise on Spurs and Pochettino before Anfield clash

The Liverpool manager makes no secret of his admiration for his counterpart and the way he has built his ‘world-class’ team

This is supposed to be the business end of the season, squeaky-bum time in terms of the title race, yet Tottenham’s visit to Anfield on Sunday afternoon may turn out to be more of a love-in than a leadership contest. For one thing, games between the two clubs in recent seasons have featured exquisite goals, open football and marvellous entertainment. For another, Jürgen Klopp makes no secret of his admiration for Spurs, their manager and their leading scorer, even if they do arrive on Merseyside looking for their first Premier League win in more than a month.

“We can expect a strong Tottenham, they are a world-class team,” the Liverpool manager says. “In England, the country of transfers, it makes a pretty big statement when you don’t sign anyone at all, but in a way I could see why Mauricio Pochettino did that, why they were not too concerned last summer when they didn’t bring in any new players.

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