Klopp on Ben Davies and exciting match-up at Wembley
21 October 2017|Tottenham Hotspur
While most opposing managers are asked about stopping Harry Kane in advance of our matches, Liverpool chief Jurgen Klopp insists his team will need to keep an eye on a number of members of our team this weekend – including left-back Ben Davies.
Welsh international defender Ben missed last week's victory over AFC Bournemouth through illness and was also forced to sit out of Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Real Madrid in the Bernabeu.
However, he has now returned to full training and was mentioned along with several of our other outfield players as individuals to take notice of by Klopp in his press conference ahead of our clash with the Reds at Wembley Stadium, connected by EE, on Sunday, kick-off 4pm.
"It’s a good team, you cannot be concentrated only on one player," warned Klopp. "There are a few nice examples. Davies is, for me, a perfect example, especially because (Danny) Rose was there and nobody thought Davies would play that much.
"At the beginning, as I saw it, he struggled in one or two moments but they stayed cool with him and he made big steps, he is a fantastic player. He was probably before, I didn’t know him that well before, but since he’s there he has made big steps.
"If you stay cool and stay full of trust and faith with players you are convinced about, time can bring big, big things and that’s one example."
Klopp reiterated his warning that Harry is not our only danger man: "If you are too concentrated on one player then Dele Alli is everywhere, in the box and around the box, (Christian) Eriksen shoots from everywhere or plays the decisive passes, or they have a wonderfully skilled boy with (Harry) Winks, obviously on a very good way," he added.
"They are in a really good moment as a club and we are the challenger when we go there, that’s how it is. But they know it will not be an easy game, so good, let’s play and let’s see what happens. I’m really looking forward to this game because you don’t have a lot of these games where both teams are going for everything."