Reds the most difficult test so far, says Pulis
Tony Pulis was in the middle of a textbook post-match debrief – short, sharp, with no words wasted – when his train of thought was interrupted.
From the corner of his eye, he caught the hulking figure of Jurgen Klopp marching purposefully towards him. When Pulis was last at Anfield, in December 2015, the two managers had been embroiled in a heated touchline squabble and the fall-out lasted long after the final whistle.
This time, though, there was no animosity. Klopp had sought out his opposite number to shake his hand after his side had been taken to the wire by West Brom.
It was the first time a Pulis team had lost to Liverpool since February 2011 and, given he is not someone who hands out platitudes easily, the West Brom manager’s assessment was candid. “Liverpool are as good as anything we have played against,” Pulis said. “They are probably the most difficult test we have had so far. They’ve spent, what, £200million on those three or four front players? It’s not bad, is it?
“Their movement is outstanding. Their rotation around the ball, and around those forward players is excellent, and their inter-changing is impressive.” Pulis said he feels Liverpool “have got a free run” at the title. “The last time they came close, with Brendan (Rodgers), they had a free run as well.”
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