Klopp confident Reds are on the right track

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino during the 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Saturday.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino during the 1-1 draw in the Premier League on Saturday.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON • Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expressed optimism about his team's progress despite the frustration of a 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

James Milner put Liverpool ahead with a 43rd-minute penalty in Saturday's English Premier League game, but the visitors could not make their superiority count and conceded a 72nd-minute equaliser to Danny Rose.

Having beaten Arsenal and then lost at Burnley, Klopp's men have only four points after three games, but he felt their display against Spurs demonstrated they are on the right track.

"This game showed again what we can do, how we can play. It was not only about pressing," he said at the post-match press conference.

"We did it really good. I wish we could have won it."

With Spaniard Alberto Moreno still to convince in a Liverpool shirt, Milner is being asked to fill in at left-back and Klopp suggested there could be a long-term future for the Englishman in the role.

"We're going to need more players for different positions. We decided that Milly can play (there), especially with the style of play we think we should play," said the German.

"Full-back is not only a winger in offensive situations. It's something like an eight in different moments, so that's a really good position for Milly.

"Of course he still has to adapt and learn a little bit, because he has 500 games (of experience), but not in this position. So we have to work on it."

Tottenham striker Harry Kane is yet to score this season, but having taken seven games to open his account last term - which ended with him winning the Golden Boot with 25 goals - manager Mauricio Pochettino is not worried.

"I think it's a good signal that he didn't score yet," he said.

"Because last season he scored in game 10 and was the top scorer in the league."

Pochettino also refused to comment on Crystal Palace's claim that they have rejected a bid from Tottenham for Wilfried Zaha.

To date Spurs have made just two major signings - Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen, both of whom played against Liverpool - and Pochettino admitted the transfer window had been trying.

"I'm very happy with my squad. I never complain about my squad," he said.

"We always try to find different types of players that can help us and mix with different characteristics. But the market is never easy and for us it's difficult."


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 29, 2016, with the headline 'Klopp confident Reds are on the right track'. Subscribe