Klopp wary of West Brom

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LIVER­POOL man­ager Jur­gen Klopp knows he will find a for­mi­da­ble op­po­nent in the ad­ja­cent tech­ni­cal area when Tony Pulis’s West Bromwich Al­bion visit An­field in the Pre­mier League to­mor­row.

Pulis, renowned for the di­rect ap­proach and strength at set pieces of his teams, has an ex­cel­lent record against the Mersey­side club, which he ce­mented with two draws last sea­son.

In De­cem­ber Klopp up­set him by ini­tially re­fus­ing to shake hands at the fi­nal whis­tle, hav­ing cel­e­brated wildly on the touch­line when Liver­pool equalised late in added time to draw 2-2 in one of his first matches as man­ager.

“It was not a friendly game,” the Ger­man said at the time.

Yes­ter­day he told a news con­fer­ence that he was well aware of the qual­i­ties that have brought West Bromwich three suc­ces­sive 1-1 draws and a place in the Pre­mier League’s top 12.

“West Brom is a very, very ex­pe­ri­enced team with an ex­pe­ri­enced man­ager,” he said. “Tony Pulis is Tony Pulis.

“We need to find a way to play them. Each set piece is a threat — for ev­ery team, not just us — be­cause they’re good at them.

“You need to be pre­pared for all th­ese dif­fer­ent styles.”

Be­fore the re­cent game away to Hull City, Klopp told his play­ers they needed to be “an­gry” and they re­sponded with a 5-1 win.

He will de­mand the same this week­end, be­cause “when you re­ally want to be a com­peti­tor, you need this an­gri­ness all the time — even against your best friend.”

Whether or not that ex­tends to ri­val man­agers was not clear. Klopp de­clined to re­act to crit­i­cism by Manch­ester United’s Jose Mour­inho fol­low­ing the dull goal­less game be­tween the old ri­vals on Mon­dayd thath Liver­pooll were over­hypedh db by theh me­dia.

“I have no idea what this could mean. I’m not in­ter­ested, to be hon­est,” he said.

Klopp said he had no new in­jury con­cerns and that next Tues­day’s League Cup meet­ing with Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur would have no ef­fect on his team se­lec­tion for to­mor­row’s game.

“How could I do this? I have no idea who is ready for Tues­day, but I could not think about this. That would be a lack of re­spect for West Brom.” — Reuters MADRID — For­mer world No 1 and 14-time Grand Slam ti­tle win­ner Rafael Nadal shut down his sea­son yes­ter­day to con­cen­trate in­stead on re­cov­er­ing full fit­ness for a fresh tro­phy as­sault in 2017.

The 30-year-old has been plagued by phys­i­cal prob­lems and has now gone through a sec­ond suc­ces­sive cam­paign without adding to his ma­jors col­lec­tion.

A left wrist in­jury forced him to with­draw from the French Open be­fore the third round and kept him on the side­lines un­til the Olympics.

“It is no se­cret that I ar­rived to the Olympic Games short of prepa­ra­tion and not fully re­cov­ered, but the goal was to com­pete and win a medal for Spain.

“This forced re­cov­ery has caused me pain since then and now I am forced to stop and start pre­par­ing the 2017 sea­son,” Nadal wrote on Face­book.

Nadal, ranked at six in the world, suf­fered a shock sec­ond round de­feat to Vic­tor Troicki at the Shang­hai Mas­ters last week. — AFP.

Jur­gen Klopp

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