Liverpool head coachJurgen Klopp has praised Tottenham’s performance under Jose Mourinho, saying the Portuguese manager has turned Spurs into a “results machine”.
After losing their Premier League opener, Tottenham have gone 11 straight matches without defeat to cement their status as title challengers.
Klopp has been impressed by the work his counterpart has done in north London, saying those who felt Mourinho’s best coaching years were behind him have been proven wrong.
“I’m not surprised, because that’s the world we are living in – you are very successful until yesterday,” Klopp said at his pre-game press conference.”If you cannot prove it today, then people go for you. I don’t think he was surprised at that, but he showed comeback skills. Very impressive what they did at Tottenham, the way they played this year is really good.
“He turned them into a results machine, that’s how it is. They have good performances, and if they are not on top form they still win. They defend collectively, very impressive.”
Spurs have been led this seasonby the dynamic duo ofSon Heung-min and Harry Kane, but Klopp was eager to point out that the two players are hardly the only threat Tottenham possess.
“Yes Kane and Son are a priority but then unfortunately if you keep them quiet there are still a lot of really good players. It’s now a proper team, with threats from a lot of areas on the pitch,” Klopp said.
“StevenBergwijn plays an important role, especially in their counter-attacking moments. Tanguy Ndombele needed a little longer to settle but is now 100 per cent there. He shares the job a little bit with Giovani Lo Celso, Moussa Sissoko.
“With Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, it’s a proper midfield unit and together with the last line, it obviously works pretty well, especially withHugo Lloris a top-class goalie.”
Liverpool ran away with the Premier League title in 2019-20, but the race is shaping up to be much closer this season as teams deal with a condensed fixture list.
Only five points separate first-place Spurs and Manchester United in eighth, and Klopp feels that the standings could be tight throughout the entire season.
Source : goal.com