Spurs take on the Premier League champions at the top of the table on Wednesday after winning seven of their first twelve games this season
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp praised Tottenham’s performance under Jose Mourinho, saying the Portuguese coach made Spurs a “result machine”.
The two teams will meet in a top showdown on Wednesday, with Spurs and Liverpool scoring on points in the Premier League.
After losing their Premier League opener, Tottenham have played 11 straight games without defeat to consolidate their status as title challengers.
Klopp was impressed with his counterpart’s work in north London, saying those who had gone through Mourinho’s best coaching years had proven wrong.
“I’m not surprised because this is the world we live in – you are very successful until yesterday,” said Klopp at his pre-game press conference. “If you can’t prove it today, then people will choose you.” I don’t think he was surprised by this, but he showed comeback skills. Very impressive what they did at Tottenham, the way they played this year is really good.
“He made them a results machine, that’s it. They perform well and when they are not in top form they still win. They defend together, very impressive.”
Spurs have been led by dynamic duo Son Heung-min and Harry Kane this season, but Klopp was keen to point out that the two players are hardly the only threat Tottenham poses.
“Yes [Kane and Son are a priority] But if you keep them calm, there are unfortunately still a lot of really good players around. It’s a real team now, with threats from many areas of the pitch, “said Klopp.
“[Steven] Bergwijn plays an important role, especially in their counterattack moments. [Tanguy] It took Ndombele a little longer to settle down but is now 100 percent there. He shares the job a little [Giovani] Lo Celso, [Moussa] Sissoko.
“With [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg, it’s a real midfield unit and together with the last line it obviously works pretty well, especially with [Hugo] Lloris is a first class goalkeeper. “
Liverpool ran away with the Premier League title in 2019-20 but the race is getting much tighter this season as the teams deal with a shortened fixture list.
Just five points separate Spurs’ first-place and eighth-place Manchester United, and Klopp believes the standings could be close throughout the season.
When asked if he thinks this season will be the next title race in years, Klopp replied: “It looks like this. I don’t know what it will be like in February, March, April and May, but at the moment it looks like it. There are always a lot of really good teams out there, but some of them haven’t raced that often this year and that obviously keeps us all together. Nice for the people! “