Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is anticipating a tough encounter against Newcastle this weekend, and says the visitors will ‘fight like crazy’ to secure a result at Anfield.
The European champions host Steve Bruce’s side on Saturday lunchtime, looking to continue their 100% start to the new Premier League season.
Liverpool will begin the defence of their Champions League crown with a trip to face Napoli in midweek, though when asked about Tuesday’s trip to Naples, Klopp called for focus on Newcastle and urged his side not to overlook this weekend’s clash.
“To win the Champions League, we didn’t change a lot of things,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference.
“We had to talk about it but that is part of winning something. The boys are still the same, a good bunch of footballers and they will show it again tomorrow. Newcastle will fight like crazy.
“If you want to ask about Newcastle, I will answer. They did a lot of really good stuff against Tottenham. The last home game was Arsenal and we needed the atmosphere. Another one at 12:30 and we can do something.”
Newcastle have won just once in their opening four fixtures of the new season, a surprise away win at Tottenham last month. The Magpies endured a summer of overhaul at St James’ Park, seeing manager Rafael Benitez and several key players depart, though Klopp insists he has been left ‘impressed’ by the solutions the club have found.
“Newcastle are good, really difficult for them with Rafa leaving,” Klopp added.
“For Steve Bruce, for sure has a difficult job but he has done fantastic so far. They have kept the style of last season.
“They sold Rondon, got Joelinton and he is similar. They have speed for counters.
“It won’t be easy. People expect it, probably, but I am really impressed by the solutions they have found so far.”