Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp mentioned his squad have to be courageous but additionally “cheeky in moments” when the English Premier League chief hosts the defending champion at Anfield on Sunday.
Liverpool is atop the league — although 5 groups are only one level behind after six rounds — regardless of a low-key offseason in comparison with the spending sprees of rivals reminiscent of Metropolis, Chelsea and Manchester United.
The Merseyside membership’s large purchase was a reported $50 million on defender Ibrahima Konate from German membership Leipzig.
Metropolis broke the British switch price document to signal midfielder Jack Grealish, paying Aston Villa $139 million.
Romelu Lukaku set Chelsea again $135 million in August.
United dropped $100 million to signal Jadon Sancho, and invested closely in Raphael Varane, earlier than bringing again Cristiano Ronaldo.
Konate, a French middle again, has performed just one Premier League recreation to this point, because of the return of Virgil van Dijk and Joël Matip from knee accidents.
“We’re in good condition, that is for certain,” Klopp mentioned on Friday at a information convention.
“We’re in a great second. That is what you must be to have an opportunity towards them. They’re nonetheless actually, for me, most likely the most effective workforce in Europe in the meanwhile.”
Such was the state of Liverpool’s protection the final time these golf equipment squared off that midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson have been the middle backs. Metropolis gained that February day 4-1 for its first victory at Anfield in 18 years.
“It is a actually particular recreation of the season, yearly,” Klopp mentioned. “It needs to be excessive intense, as a result of if it is not excessive intense, I might say then Metropolis is absolutely troublesome to play towards.
“You need to courageous,” he continued, “you must be front-footed, you must be cheeky in moments, you must be actually your greatest model. After which, solely then, you’ve an opportunity.”
Talking of cheeky, Klopp opened the convention by being requested about “James Bond” actor Daniel Craig, who just lately had excessive reward for the German supervisor’s management qualities.
“I might be a very unhealthy James Bond as a result of if I stroll out of the water in swim shorts I believe that might be the second when the entire world would swap off,” Klopp mentioned. “However no drawback, all of us have our jobs to do in life, he has to avoid wasting the world and I’ve to assist Liverpool, every now and then.”