Jurgen Klopp press conference

Klopp lavishes praise on West Ham ahead of trip to London Stadium

Jurgen Klopp was eager to heap praise onto West Ham ahead of Liverpool’s trip to London Stadium on Monday.

The Reds won 4-0 when the two sides met at Anfield on the opening day of the season, but Klopp feels that game was not a fair reflection of the strength of this current Hammers team.

When Klopp was asked what he expects from the Hammers on Monday, the German coach replied:

‘A lot, to be honest. We started the season against West Ham with a brilliant game from us and not a very good game from West Ham,’ Klopp told his pre-match press conference.

‘That day they had a lot of new players, a new manager and all that stuff, and we were strong. That made life quite uncomfortable. Then they still had a couple of weeks where they really had to find [something] together. But they did it and now they are one of the strongest teams.

‘It was a really bad start; since then they are nearly a top-six side. And that’s what we should expect. The most experienced manager, I think, in the Premier League at the moment; a really good football team; really good signings in defence.”

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Liverpool’s manager continued his usual in-depth reply to a question with further discussion on the standout players for West Ham this season.

‘They are experienced in the full-back positions, Rice, fantastic development this season next to Noble in midfield, experience and youth.

‘Then you have the wings – Anderson, fantastic signing, and Marko Arnautovic an outstanding striker. Now having Samir Nasri around, Snodgrass really back on track, Fabianski in goal, that’s a really good football team.

‘That’s what we have to be ready for again. It’s not to compare with the first game of the season. We expected a very difficult game that day; it was not that difficult but for two reasons: we were really good and they were not ready that day. But now they are ready and that’s a completely different cup of tea.’

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