Securing a pair of draws in his first two matches in charge, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will make his home bow in the Premier League tomorrow when Southampton visit Anfield tomorrow — a side the German knows is filled with attacking options that can hurt you if you let them.
“They want to play if you let them. If not, they have Pelle. It’s a good thing to give him the ball because he’s very physical and technical, a really good striker,” said the 48-year old, full of praise for the Saint’s hit-man. “They have Mane around him – big speed, a big talent, a really good player. And Tadic on the left wing; I heard he had the most crosses in the Premier League, he continued. “You know how they want to play, they are in good shape and they have seven points from the last three games. They were close to a victory against Leicester but maybe they closed the book a little bit too early and they came back to draw. They are a good team and it’s not an easy game. But we are at home and that’s what we want to show.”
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A packed fixture list has given the Bundesliga transplant little time to work with his new charges on the pitch and a number of injuries to key players has prevented him from seeing what his side truly have to offer. Change, of course, will come slow under the German, but both he and the support as a whole has seen some encouraging signs since he took over at Anfield, but that’s yet to translate into results — something he’s looking to change sooner rather than later.
“I have seen many things we have done in training in the game. I didn’t expect that we would run through the league from the moment I started here. This league is too strong, the opponents are too strong. We don’t have enough time between the games to always be 20 per cent better in the next game,” conceded Klopp. “But I have seen many things. I see it in set plays, in the defensive play. But you have to make the goal. My first job is to give the team some ideas to come into the box, to be dangerous for them so that they have problems to defend,” he explained. “There were many good things, but of course if you see the whole game, at the end you feel ‘here you could have done better’. That’s the truth, of course, but that’s football,” he said before adding, “I want the result with all my body gives me, but if it’s over I have to analyse the next result.”