Saturday 18 November 2017

Klopp insists Reds can handle 'weaker' teams as Hull loom

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp . Photo: Carl Recine/Reuters
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp . Photo: Carl Recine/Reuters

Carl Markham

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists his side do know how to handle the Premier League's "weaker" teams as he prepares for a trip to struggling Hull.

The Reds have lost three league matches this season against Burnley, Bournemouth and Swansea with the Clarets, currently in 10th, the highest-placed of the trio.

Conversely, Klopp's record against the rest of the so-called 'big six' is the best of his contemporaries with one defeat in 15 matches since his arrival in England.

Liverpool often face a different type of game against the clubs who are not chasing Champions League qualification with many employing deep defensive tactics designed to frustrate his side.

However, Klopp insists his players have proved they can handle this approach and the losses they have suffered are merely blips and not symptomatic of a deeper-lying problem.

"We won a lot of games against these kind of teams. We lost three against those teams that you would call 'weaker'," he said.

"If you want to pick out these three games then I think Burnley was pretty special, very early (in the season), it's almost not allowed to put it in that bunch of games.

"Bournemouth was very special: we did really well and I don't know what happened there - we gave it away but we did everything nearly perfect until a specific point.

"Even Swansea was not good but it was that we had no chances .

"Even when you are a perfect side, which we are not, then obviously you will lose football games, that's why nobody wins 100 per cent of games in a season.

"But I think we've proved often enough that we know the way to do it, the problem is that it not always works.

"We are working with human beings and things like this happen but for me the most important thing is that we know how to play them - now we have to show it all the time."

Klopp has been impressed with the changes his Hull counterpart Marco Silva has effected and some of their recent performances.

"Anyone who saw Hull against Man United (in Wednesday's 0-0 draw) should be really impressed by the way they're playing," he added.

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