Jurgen Klopp has described Liverpool’s clash with Tottenham as a ‘massive test’ as the Reds prepare to welcome the North Londoners to Anfield this weekend.
Liverpool will take on Antonio Conte’s team with both sides in need of a win to keep alive their ambitions in the Premier League this season.
Klopp’s team trail Manchester City by a single point in the title race, whilst Spurs are in pursuit of a top four finish and are two points adrift of Arsenal in fourth.
Spurs have won five of their last seven in the Premier League and Klopp says his team are preparing for a ‘massive test’ at Anfield.
“It’s a massive test. People from the outside will say it’s difficult for Liverpool and we think that too,” he told his pre-match press conference.
“Tottenham have massive quality and are not too much bothered away from home about having the ball all the time and are compact and play on counter.”
Klopp outlined where the visitor’s threat will come from and says the partnership of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min will pose a danger to Liverpool’s chances.
“Speed like crazy up front, Harry Kane, what a player, they have a blind understanding (the front men). It’s probably the biggest challenge for protection we’ve faced in a long time. We have to find a way to keep them calm as often as possible.”
Klopp was also asked on the impact of Europe in the title race, with Liverpool progressing to the Champions League final on Tuesday night.
Manchester City, meanwhile, exited the competition in dramatic fashion to Real Madrid, but Klopp talked down the suggestion of a European hangover for the Premier League leaders.
“City are good. It was a massive blow for them, that was really harsh. I’ve had nights like that, it’s not cool, the next morning, not cool, but then there’s a moment you have to focus. They will be ready for Newcastle on Sunday.”