Fiery Alli try­ing to do the right things, Klopp shields young Karius from crit­ics

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DELE ALLI is keen to im­prove his fin­ish­ing af­ter the Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur mid­fielder ad­mit­ted that his profli­gacy in front of goal has at times left him feel­ing frus­trated this sea­son.

Alli, pic­tured, scored 10 times for Spurs last sea­son and while he is yet to match the heights of his de­but cam­paign, he has chipped in with a re­spectable re­turn of three goals in 11 ap­pear­ances in all com­pe­ti­tions.

The 20-year-old’s lack of sharp­ness was ev­i­dent in Tues­day’s goal­less Cham­pi­ons League draw at Bayer Lev­erkusen, how­ever, when he failed to make the most of Kieran Trip­pier’s pin­point cross in the first half.

“It was a fan­tas­tic ball by Trip­pier against Lev­erkusen and, to be hon­est with you, I want to be scor­ing goals and I feel like I should have put that in,” Alli said. “I couldn’t be­lieve it when I missed it, but I’ve got to keep work­ing hard and make sure that I start be­ing more clin­i­cal. Per­son­ally, I feel like I should have scored that one.

“You’ve got to put it be­hind you and just look for the next chance and try to put the next one away. You can’t be dwelling on mis­takes. When things don’t go your way, you’ve got to keep try­ing to do the right things.”

Alli, who got a three-match ban near the end of last sea­son for punch­ing West Brom’s Clau­dio Ya­cob, has col­lected just one yel­low card this cam­paign and man­ager Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino be­lieves the player has learned to tame his fiery per­son­al­ity.

“It is all a process with the younger lads to be more ma­ture, with more ex­pe­ri­ence, now more fo­cused on play­ing foot­ball,” Po­chet­tino said.

“It is like when you have a wild horse and you need to put it in a box and do­mes­ti­cate it, no? He is a big tal­ent but he was a bit wild. Now he is more do­mes­ti­cated. But you can never lose that wild side. That side might make him a spe­cial player.”

Spurs, who are third in the Pre­mier League, a point be­hind lead­ers Manch­ester City af­ter eight games, travel to face 11th-placed Bournemouth on to­day.

● Goal­keeper Loris Karius will be able to pro­duce his best form once he has adapted to the rigours of the Pre­mier League, Liver­pool boss Jur­gen Klopp has said ahead of to­day’s clash against West Brom at An­field.

The 23-year-old Karius, who joined from Mainz 05 dur­ing the close sea­son, has usurped Si­mon Mig­no­let in the start­ing XI but is yet to win over Reds fans fol­low­ing a string of er­ratic per­for­mances.

“He is still a young boy but this is some­thing dif­fer­ent. The Pre­mier League is a dif­fer­ent style of play, gen­er­ally and in a spe­cific case,” Klopp said. “It is not per­fect. He can im­prove. As a keeper you take a risk some­times be­cause the ball is bounc­ing.”

Klopp in­fa­mously cel­e­brated a last­minute equaliser against West Brom at An­field by lead­ing his play­ers to bow in front of The Kop, and the Ger­man said it was un­likely there would be a re­peat of the sce­nario.

“I cel­e­brated the point and it was a lit­tle bit sur­pris­ing for most peo­ple. I don’t know at this point if I would cel­e­brate a point again,” he said. “But we are full of re­spect. West Brom is a very ex­pe­ri­enced team with a very ex­pe­ri­enced man­ager (Tony Pulis).

“They don’t want to make it easy for us so we have to find a way to play them. We need to be an­gry, that’s true, and be pa­tient enough.” – Reuters Fix­tures To­day: Bournemouth v Tot­ten­ham, Arse­nal v Mid­dles­brough, Burn­ley v Ever­ton, Hull v Stoke, Le­ices­ter v Crys­tal Palace, Swansea v Wat­ford , West Ham United v Sun­der­land, Liver­pool v West Bromwich Al­bion. To­mor­row: Manch­ester City v Southamp­ton, Chelsea v Manch­ester United.

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