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    Friday, 30 December 2016

    Klopp: We'll be ready if Guardiola mixes it up

    The Reds' manager has won four and lost four of his previous games against Guardiola, and he has spoken of his respect for the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona coach.






    On Guardiola, the boss added: “He has had a fantastic career until now. You always have to adapt to your players and that is what he is doing and it is what we do.
    “He came here with open eyes. He could have had easier jobs in easier leagues, that is for sure. He could have gone anywhere but he wanted to come here. He was probably 100 per cent aware of the big challenge.
    “He knew he had a wonderful squad at Barcelona and a wonderful squad at Bayern but he had big influence on the way they played football. 
    “If you go to Barcelona as a new manager they will tell you: ‘By the way, don’t forget, we play like Pep Guardiola played.’ 
    “That’s the biggest influence you can have. Bayern loved the years he was there. He is a fantastic manager.”
    Klopp also offered an insight into how Liverpool - the Premier League’s leading goalscorers this season - have adapted to the challenge of breaking down opponents who seek to sit deep and frustrate them.
    “Obviously we have a really good football team. We knew about the problems, we knew about the name of Liverpool and the influence the name has when we go to other stadiums and play another opponent,” he continued.
    “Even when you are only ninth in the table it is enough for other teams to play Liverpool so that means sitting back. That means we have to have an idea for it. 
    “A lot of time people said there is no plan against deep-defending teams. I was not interested in what people said.
    “First of all, you have to bring through your strengths and when you are a very young team starting on your way, you cannot have all the things in the same moment.
    “You have to concentrate on one thing. Make this stronger, stronger, stronger and if you have time and an opportunity to widen your possibilities then that is how it works. This team is a really good possession team and we have to use that.”

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