Sunday 25 September 2016

Alan Pardew full of admiration for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

Published 05/03/2016 | 22:36

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is ready to face off with Jurgen Klopp
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is ready to face off with Jurgen Klopp

Alan Pardew has spoken of his admiration for the "engaging" Jurgen Klopp as Crystal Palace prepare to host the German and Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.

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Since his appointment in October, Liverpool have remained inconsistent, but a confidence in Klopp's abilities coupled with his charisma has made him one of the division's biggest attractions.

In the same way Pardew has divided opinion for his passion and emotion on the touchline, Klopp has similarly been criticised and clashed with Sam Allardyce during Liverpool's 1-0 victory at Sunderland earlier this season.

Also, Pardew and Klopp themselves exchanged words earlier this season.

Pardew, however, has defended his behaviour and explained that the pressure of the occupation and a desire to succeed are responsible for revealing managers' inner drive.

"I can't help but be engaged by him and the way that he is," said Pardew, who will give late fitness tests to in-form striker Connor Wickham and goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey before selecting his team for Sunday's fixture.

"He is a little bit exuberant on the sidelines; so am I, so that could be fun.

"He's passionate about what he does, and he does it in a certain style. I'm passionate about Palace winning, and I do it in my style.

"It's just the reflection of our personalities, it's not like a made-up style, he doesn't mean to do it, it's how he is. He's emotional, and wears his heart on his sleeve. I am too, to a degree.

"The game reveals your character, you can't mask it, you can try to, but it will reveal it in the end.

"(While Newcastle manager) I did actually send a coach to Dortmund, and they were really helpful in some of the things they did when Jurgen Klopp was there."

Sunday's fixture is Palace's last before they visit Championship Reading in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, on Friday, when victory would take Pardew's team to the semi-finals at Wembley.

The prospect of such an occasion provides the potential for distraction, particularly when Palace last won in the Premier League at Stoke on December 19 and are a risk at joining the battle against relegation, but Pardew does not believe his players lack focus.

"The Cup becomes a factor, it does," he said. "It becomes a slight thing in the background that's bubbling along. You don't talk about it too much, you hear it mentioned now and again. It's kind of there, you can't get away from it.

"Whether it affects you, I'd have to be a psychologist to work that out, perhaps in a way it does. Is it going to affect our performance on Sunday, are we less determined to win it? I don't think so, not with where we are right now.

"We all know we need to find a way to win a game and we want it on Sunday."

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