Monday 19 March 2018

Tony Pulis backs Jurgen Klopp to create Liverpool legacy

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has been impressed with Jurgen Klopp's impact at Liverpool
West Brom boss Tony Pulis has been impressed with Jurgen Klopp's impact at Liverpool

West Brom chief Tony Pulis reckons Jurgen Klopp can create a Liverpool legacy.

The Baggies go to Anfield on Sunday aiming to inflict successive league defeats on Klopp after their loss at Newcastle.

Klopp has won seven of his 13 games since replacing Brendan Rodgers in October.

Liverpool are six points off the Champions League places ahead of the weekend's fixtures and Pulis has seen enough to suggest Klopp can make a lasting mark.

He said: "He looks bright and breezy and his command of the English language is excellent. He looks as though he'll be here to stay.

"He is a fantastic manager, his record shows he has been a top manager in Germany. He did an exceptional job there. He has got one of the best clubs in England with some top players.

"He'll have the opportunity and chance to push them on and progress.

"Being in the different cup competitions they have done very well. That's difficult to manage, he has managed it well. His whole demeanour in managing the club has been first class since he's come in."

Pulis is without Stephane Sessegnon (hamstring) but Claudio Yacob is available again after suspension.

Saido Berahino could be on the bench again after being among the substitutes for the last four games with the Baggies the second lowest scorers in the league with 14 goals.

And Pulis admitted Berahino's loss of form has hit the team.

"We're creating the chances but just not putting them away. Not having that extra goalscorer has affected the team there's no doubt about it," he added.

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