Jurgen Klopp talking about ‘outstanding’ Steve Bruce and ‘ferocious’ Newcastle United fans
Jurgen Klopp experienced his first Premier League away defeat to Newcastle United.
Probably Steve McClaren’s best day in charge of Newcastle, a 2-0 win in December 2015.
Indeed it took Jurgen Klopp two and a half years to eventually beat the Magpies.
That 2-0 defeat followed up by an excellent Rafa Benitez inspired comeback at Anfield to draw 2-2, before then Joselu scored that amusing equaliser when Lovren kicked the ball off him and the rebound crept past Mignolet for a 1-1 draw.
However, once Jurgen Klopp found the key, it has been three straight victories – 2-0 and 4-0 at Anfield, then that 3-2 classic at St James Par back in May.
Talking ahead of today’s game, Klopp refers back to that match in May and the reaction of the home fans despite nothing to play for that night: ‘A big part of that game was how ferocious their supporters were in backing their team.’
It was a brilliant atmosphere that night but Jurgen Klopp has an interesting comment on Rafa’s replacement as well: ‘Steve’s record as a manager in England is outstanding…’
Managers (or Head Coaches…) rarely have anything bad to say about each other before games but here’s hoping we see some more of that Steve Bruce ‘outstanding’ management/head coaching this afternoon.
Jurgen Klopp programme notes for Liverpool v Newcastle:
“I think of all the games we played last season, domestically and in Europe, that match up in Newcastle was one of the most fiercely-contested I can remember.
“Of course, there have been changes at Newcastle since, but from what I have seen early on, they are just as strong and dangerous now.
“Steve’s record as a manager in England is outstanding, and I only have to listen to a number of my players who have worked with him to understand why he is held in such high regard.
“Both Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson speak with great affection of the help he gave them in developing and progressing during their careers.
“The stories they tell make it clear this is a manager whose players believe in him and will fight for him. I expect this today.
“I’m not usually a person to point at individual results as an indicator for an opponent – analysis should include much, much more than this – but Newcastle’s performance and result against Spurs in North London is definitely something to be aware of.
“They were outstanding and proved as a team that they relish those sort of games.
“For a start, their own home ground is a wonderful, passionate arena, so games like today are what they are all about. We must be ready.
“I mentioned at the beginning about the game at Newcastle last season. A big part of that game was how ferocious their supporters were in backing their team.
“I’m pretty sure we can expect the same in the away section this afternoon.”
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