Jurgen Klopp praises Liverpool duo, comments on schedule, lessons, and Tottenham

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp addressed the media ahead of his side's Premier League clash with Tottenham at Anfield tomorrow.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he knows 'much more about everything' than the last time Liverpool faced Spurs, which was his first game in charge of the Reds in October - resulting in a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane. 

The Liverpool boss also seems comfortable with the schedule his side as with a huge Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund just four days after they host Mauricio Pochettino's title chasing side.

He told reporters at his pre-match press conference, as per the Liverpool Echo: "Two tournaments is not a problem. A lot of my players had three games this week. So that’s always difficult. We had to use yesterday and today to be prepared. Then we have four days, it’s nothing to think about. The only game now is Tottenham.

"We’ve never had a problem with the balance between tournaments."

The Reds will be determined to respond after a disappointing defeat to Southampton prior to the international break, where they surrendered a two goal lead, halting some momentum they had built up in the process.

“The things you cannot change we shouldn’t think about. We have to forget it. It makes no sense.”

Klopp said that most of the players that went away on international duty came back healthy. There was an injury scare for Divock Origi but he is available for selection, Christian Benteke has been ruled out while Roberto Firmino - who missed the internationals because of a hamstring problem - is a doubt. 

“We had small problems with the Belgian players. Origi had a little muscle issue, but he’s back and available. Christian Benteke is not available. We have to wait for further assessments.

“Roberto Firmino it will be close. We have to make a decision. We will see.”

The Liverpool boss was complimentary about the development of Divock Origi, with the 20-year-old proving to be a useful option nowadays, while at the start of Klopp's reign, the Belgian looked a little out of his depth when leading the line. 

"He’s in a really good way. When we came we knew about his quality but we saw he wasn’t full of confidence, but he’s still 20 so he’s quite young!

“He has a long way to go but he has a big space to improve. He’s made big steps.

“When we started he tried to do too much, now it’s much better. He uses his strength, skills and speed better. It’s quite exciting to think about what we can do together in the future.”

He wasn't only the one that got praise from Klopp, as he congratulated Adam Lallana on winning the Player of the Month award for March.

“I’ve had a few nice surprises since I’ve been here.

“I knew more about him when he played for Southampton. I’m really happy that a few more people recognise what a good player he is.

Klopp described this weekend's opponents as exceptional, with Tottenham currently five points behind Leicester City in the title race and have made great strides this season, but Klopp has warned that tomorrow evening's game will not be a 'birthday party' but a 'fight'. 

The Reds' boss said he would hope that his side would have more of a say in the title race in the future and praised both Spurs and league leaders Leicester City for the way they have handled the pressure.

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