Jürgen Klopp is anticipating a fascinating encounter this afternoon as Liverpool take on Tottenham Hotspur – but stressed why the victory at Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night will count for little if they don’t clinch three more points today.
The Reds can extend the gap over Spurs to five points in the race for a top-four finish; however, the Londoners will leapfrog them in the table should they prevail at Anfield.
Writing in his column for ‘This is Anfield’, Klopp said: “I look at our talent, quality and approach and I look at Tottenham’s and I see two clubs with fantastic players who can inspire and bring joy to supporters of all generations and who approach matches in a positive, adventurous fashion.
“I see two teams and two squads of players whom anyone who loves football should relish watching compete. I see two clubs in a good way and making progress on and off the field. And yet I’m sure at Tottenham there is also constant focus on who else they could have and who else could be playing there.
“I appreciate and enjoy what we have and what we are all about as a team and as a club. I am excited about what we can achieve now and in the future. I know you can only talk about ‘potential’ for so long before people become tired about it. But when I see what we do on the pitch this season and last, I see more than potential – I see delivery and progress also.
“All of that is part of a wider picture, where we do continue to look for improvement, and yes, part of that will be team and squad strengthening in the future. But that will be an evolution of this team and it should not stop anyone from enjoying the present also.
“The win at Huddersfield was important. But in the same way that an occasional defeat should not evoke a crisis, an isolated win is also not ‘the end’. The performance was strong and mature and led to a very positive result.
“Today we have to back it up with another outstanding performance. Anything less will mean the result will not be positive.”
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