Spurs enter Wednesday’s Premier League game at the top of the table after winning seven of their first 12 games this season
Liverpool’s head coach Jurgen Klopp praised Tottenham’s performance under Jose Mourinho, saying the Portuguese manager had turned Spurs into a “results machine”.
The two sides will meet on Wednesday in a top clash, with Spurs and Liverpool at the level of points in the top of the Premier League.
After losing the Premier League opener, Tottenham have played in 11 consecutive unbeaten matches to strengthen their title.
Klopp was impressed by the work of his counterpart in north London, saying that those who felt that Mourinho’s best years as a coach were behind him turned out to be wrong.
“I’m not surprised, because this is the world we live in – you’re very successful until yesterday,” Klopp said at his pre-game press conference. “If you can’t prove it today, then people are going after you. I don’t think he was surprised by that, but he showed recovery skills. Very impressive what they did at Tottenham, the way they played this year is very good.
“He turned them into a results machine, that’s right. They perform well and if they’re not in shape, they still win. They defend collectively, very impressively.”
Spurs were led this season by dynamic duo Son Heung-min and Harry Kane, but Klopp was keen to point out that the two players are hardly the only threat Tottenham have.
“Yes [Kane and Son are a priority] but unfortunately, if you keep them quiet, there are still many very good players. Now it’s an appropriate team, with threats from many areas on the field, “Klopp said.
“[Steven] Bergwijn plays an important role in the counterattack. [Tanguy] Ndombele needed a little more to settle down, but now he’s 100% there. Share the job a little with [Giovani] Lo Celso, [Moussa] Sissoko.
“With [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg, is a correct middle unit and, together with the last line, obviously works quite well, especially with [Hugo] Lloris, a top porter. “
Liverpool ran away with the Premier League title in 2019-20, but the race is shaping up to be much closer this season, as the teams deal with a condensed list of matches.
Only five points separate Spurs from Manchester United from Manchester United in the eighth, and Klopp believes that the ranking could be tight throughout the season.
Asked if he thinks this season will be the closest title race in years, Klopp said: “It seems. I don’t know what it will be like in February, March, April and May, but at the moment it looks like that. There are always a lot of very good teams, but some of them have run not so much this year and that obviously keeps us all together. Nice for people! “