Jurgen Klopp has sarcastically taken a dig at Manchester United by claiming that the game against the Red Devils was a great preparation to face Tony Pulis’ West Brom.
Tony Pulis is regarded as a manager who favours physical approach to a game, while he makes no secret of the fact that set pieces count a lot when it comes to getting results in football. He is the only top England manager not to have been relegated throughout his career. Pulis may have slightly altered his approach since moving to West Brom, but the club do have a physical element towards them.
Liverpool’s run of four straight wins in the Premier League came to an end after a goalless draw against Manchester United. The result on Monday night at Anfield was highly disappointing for Liverpool, but they did everything to overcome a defensive minded United team. Many criticised José Mourinho for adopting a highly defensive approach in a game of this magnitude. Some Liverpool players have tried to console themselves over this result saying that it was a sign of United and giving them a lot of respect. The attitude towards United does not seem to have changed, as Klopp took a dig at United’s tactics with a direct reference to facing Pulis’ team.
“We are a football-playing side and Manchester United were more physical and stronger than we were with a lot of tall players. We did it well and I cannot remember there was a big advantage in this game out of these situations.We need to be ready again for situations like this [on Saturday]. You can always use a few things from the last game but on the other hand it will be different again. Defending these balls was important, very important in the United game and will be important in the next game,” said Klopp.