Tottenham manager Ange Postecoglou says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revolutionized English football by taking the intensity of the Premier League to another level.
The new Spurs boss prepares to host Klopp’s Liverpool side on Saturday, aiming to extend a promising unbeaten run that has seen them take 14 points from their opening six league games.
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Klopp is in the midst of his own rebuild as he looks to recapture the heights of his seven-year spell at Anfield, during which Liverpool won the Champions League — beating Spurs in the 2019 final — and the Premier League in 2020.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Postecoglou said: “Jürgen is an outstanding manager, he’s a manager. I think it’s fair to say that he’s had an impact on the competition, not just his club. Because when he came in, the way Liverpool went about things, he’s in the Premier League. Challenged several rules and introduced a new playstyle that others have followed in. It’s a great test of where we are right now in terms of our development.
“Ever since Jurgen came into the league and the way they set up, the pace and intensity they played with. Offensively and defensively, it was on another level.
“The Premier League has always been a fairly high-paced league but I thought they took it to another level. At times, it looked almost chaotic but you could see there was a plan behind it. It’s very difficult to deal with.”
Postecoglou, born in Greece but raised in Australia, played down his boyhood support for Liverpool, adding: “It was the 70s, so you went one of two ways: it seemed like they only showed Liverpool or Man U. [on television in Australia] So a couple of my best mates went to Man U at the time, so I went the other way so we could keep it interesting.
“Like any kid, I had posters on my wall, so Liverpool was my team. But you grow up, everything changes. I still loved Happy Days, but I don’t have pictures of The Fonz on my wall today. So it’s just a way of things.”
Spurs are optimistic about James Maddison Son Hyung-min The pair are available after training despite picking up knocks in last Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Arsenal. Winger Brennan Johnson Will miss out with hamstring problem.