Unbeaten in six matches across all competitions and securing three wins on the hop with victory over Rubin Kazan in the Europa League on Thursday night, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is prepared to take all the credit for the way his side are playing. Ahead of the meeting with Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday, the charismatic German was quick to point out that he inherited a team that we already knew could play football.
“The base was, of course, not so bad – Brendan [Rodgers] did a really good job here. It’s not that we should show them how football works; there is a good base in this team because of Brendan’s work, so we can start to develop and start to come together, because football can be different,” explained the 48-year old in his pre-match press call. “Every manager has different ideas. That’s what we have to do, of course, but that’s what we did. Then we could get a little bit of stability,” continued Klopp. “We feel good in this moment but we know about our responsibility for our performance in the next game. Crystal Palace are difficult to play against,” he said, before adding, “We know about their transition game, we know what their plan is, and we’ll try to be prepared in this short time. It is different but it’s not the biggest difference.”
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Modesty is one of the qualities that has endeared the former Borussia Dortmund man to the Liverpool faithful, but it’s been the turn around on the pitch that has played the biggest role with the Reds starting to look unrecognisable from the side that he inherited from his predecessor in Rodgers — and he’ll be looking to continue that transformation against the Eagles, who have lost only once in their last five meetings with the Anfield outfit, when they travel to Merseyside tomorrow.
“Sometimes it’s good to be new. Somebody told me about the special history with Crystal Palace but I feel nothing when I hear it – it’s only football,” mused the German, ploughing once again a well trodden furrow. “In life like in sport, you can lose big but you have to react in the right way. If you haven’t reacted in the right way until now, you should do it tomorrow; strike back, whatever. If we can use this experience, we should do it. But nobody has to be afraid because of this opponent – it’s not impossible to get results against Crystal Palace,” he explained with a smile. “It’s a challenge, of course, but our pre-match and post-match analysts work pretty well, so we always feel well prepared for the opponent.”