Pre-Match Interview: After All It’s Only Football

Expectations are running high ahead of new Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s maiden Premier League voyage with a tough trip to White Hart Lane waiting for the German on Saturday. While it’d be hard to expect wholesale changes with such little time to work with the squad, the Reds boss said he already knows exactly how he’d like his side to play.

“We have to be ready to work, we have to be ready to enjoy the game. We play against a very, very good Premier League team, they’ve worked together for a long time. They look fine-tuned, they work well together. Maybe they have some problems, struggles with injuries or other things, but it’s a good team,” said the German when asked about Spurs. “I think we know how they want to play, that’s an important point to know, but it’s more important to analyse our own situation,” he continued. “I think now if nothing happens in the next training sessions I know how we want to play. We have to use these two sessions today and tomorrow to understand a bit more,” he said, before adding, “But at the end, it’s only football!”

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A clear identity is something that Liverpool were lacking under former boss Brendan Rodgers with an unbalanced formation, constantly shifting tactics, players shoehorned into unnatural positions and a completely lack of a Plan-B only a handful of criticisms leveled at the Northern Irishman during his last season in charge of the Anfield outfit. Struggling in front of both nets, Klopp certainly has a job ahead of him, but he’s not about to shy away from the challenge.

“Maybe we can be very well organised, as good as possible after a short time, because that’s what we have to train for at this moment,” explained Klopp, touching on his sides well documented fragility at the back. “It’s not allowed only to think of offensive things, I know that until now we don’t have enough goals,” conceded the German, recognizing once again that there’s work to be done all over the pitch. “But you have to start the development on the other side, you have to feel stability and then you are free for offense and creativity, that’s how football works.”