Reds the most dif­fi­cult test so far, says Pulis

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International Football -

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.”

/REUTERS

Liver­pool and West Bromwich man­agers Jur­gen Klopp and Tony PulisTony Pulis

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