The Pressure Gauge: Liverpool out to prove title credentials at Spurs

Tyler Owen
September 14, 2018

Liverpool were less affected by the demands of World Cup action than their title rivals and it has shown in their fine start to the season with four straight Premier League wins to sit top of the table.

"How should that work?"

Given the manner of the defeat at Wembley last season, Liverpool will be desperate to beat Spurs when they travel to London tomorrow.

"Actually I don't like to compare players but we had similar players and questions about Robbo (Andrew Robertson) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain", he said.

"Everyone knows I'm no Liverpool fan but I respect, understand and appreciate what's going on there", he said.

Last season's Champions League runners-up open their campaign at home to Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday and, though Klopp admits he must rotate with seven games to play in 22 days, it will not be to dismiss the competition that Liverpool won five times. "That is a massive lesson for everyone, he was the first to tell me he made a mistake".

"Aside from which, when you are a player of that quality, those are the games that you look forward to as much as any".

"But past year, we had no chance to focus on one competition, we had to qualify for the Champions League". To focus on one competition can only be if you are out, or almost out, or of if it's late in the season.

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It's a very controversial idea - especially when Liverpool reached the Champions League final last season experiencing some magical moments on the way to Kiev.

The 25-year-old has just scored two goals in six games for club and country this season, with the statistics behind those numbers making for even more unsettling reading.

Klopp also provided an update on Fabinho and suggests the midfielder is going to have to bide his time before breaking in to the first team.

"He is a physical worker, he uses his body every day".

"The thing is it is absolutely no problem".

"When a striker does not fill the net and does not score goals, always you need to find some reason why but I think he is fit", Pochettino said.

"He came from another league playing in a completely different system to us and that takes time".

"But the plan was, and is still, that he will make us better". I do think they have one over on City.

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