Spurs enter Wednesday’s match against the Premier League champions at the top of the table, winning seven of their first 12 matches this season
Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp praised Tottenham’s performance under Jose Mourinho, saying the Portuguese manager had made Spurs a “result machine”.
The two sides will meet on Wednesday in a top-flight contest, with Spurs and Liverpool levels on points above the Premier League.
After losing their Premier League opening game, Tottenham went 11 straight matches without defeat to cement their status as title contenders.
Klopp was impressed by the work his colleague was doing in north London, saying those who felt Mourinho’s best training years were behind him proved to be wrong.
“I’m not surprised, because that’s the world we live in – you’re very successful until yesterday,” Klopp said in his pre-game press conference. “If you can’t prove it today, then people go for you. I don’t think he was surprised by that, but he showed a return. Very impressive, what they did at Tottenham, the way they played this year is really good. .
“He turned them into a result machine, that’s right. They have good performances, and if they don’t have good form, they still win. They defend together, very impressive.”
Spurs have been led this season by the dynamic duo of Son Heung-min and Harry Kane, but Klopp has keenly pointed out that the two players are hardly the only threat Tottenham possess.
“Yes [Kane and Son are a priority] but then unfortunately if you silence them, there are still a lot of really good players. It’s now an appropriate team, with threats from many areas on the pitch, ”Klopp said.
“[Steven] Bergwijn plays an important role, especially in their counterattack moments. [Tanguy] Ndombele needed a little longer to settle down, but is now 100% there. He shares the work a bit with [Giovani] Lo Celso, [Moussa] Sissoko.
“With [Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg, it is a suitable midfield unit and along with the last line, it obviously works pretty well, especially with [Hugo] Lloris top-class goalkeeper. “
Liverpool ran away with the Premier League title in 2019-20, but the race is shaping up to be much closer this season as teams tackle a dense fixed roster.
Only five points separate select Spurs and Manchester United in eighth, and Klopp feels the standings could be tight throughout the season.
Asked if he thinks this season will be the next title race in years, Klopp replied: “It looks like that. I don’t know what it will be like in February, March, April and May, but at the moment it looks like that. Always There are a lot of very good teams, but some of them haven’t run that much this year and that obviously keeps us all together. Nice for the people! ”