Jurgen Klopp delivers Manchester United dig ahead of Liverpool cup tie
By Dominic Toner
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp revealed he does not expect Tottenham to “park the bus” on Tuesday night in a thinly-veiled dig at Manchester United.
The Reds host Premier League rivals Spurs in the EFL Cup fourth-round and the game is expected to be an quite open.
Liverpool were recently held to a goalless draw at Anfield against United in the Premier League, with Jose Mourinho deploying a strong defensive approach.
The Merseyside club have been in phenomenal form in front of goal this season, scoring 20 goals in their first nine league games, but could not break through a packed United defence.
Klopp has revealed he is expecting a different style from Spurs and that his team are expecting a different challenge to the one they experienced against Mourinho’s ultra-defensive side.
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“I know sometimes people say we have a problem with ‘park the bus’ teams but we already have a plan,” Klopp said, as quoted by the Echo. “It takes time to see it on the pitch and we work on it of course but then there will be another challenge.
“Now we play Tottenham, they park a lot of things but no buses. We have to be ready for this game.”
Spurs are in great form this campaign and are unbeaten in domestic competitions, with their only defeat coming in a Champions League tie with CSKA Moscow.
Liverpool recorded a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane in August, as the two clubs each earned a Premier League point.
The Reds lost in the final of this competition last season to Manchester City and will be keen to go one step further this year.
In other Liverpool news, Klopp has made a clear-cut statement on the club’s goalkeeper situation.