Klopp praises Ange Postecoglou: ‘It’s going to be a test for both of us’

Liverpool is prepared for a tough Premier League game against Tottenham, manager Jurgen Klopp has said, while praising the north London side’s new manager Ange Postecoglou.

Fourth-placed Tottenham are off to their best start to a league season in 57 years, while second-placed Liverpool are looking for a sixth straight league win and eighth in all competitions.

Postecoglou, who capped Scottish top-flight Celtic with a domestic treble before joining Spurs in June, has his task made difficult after the Premier League club finished eighth last season and sold record goalscorer Harry Kane to German champions Bayern Munich.

“It’s a very difficult test. I don’t remember an easy game; We played at Newcastle, which was difficult. Chelsea too; the away games have all been difficult, and the home games are not easy,” Klopp told reporters ahead of Saturday’s game: “Tottenham are doing very well. The Ange seems to be a nice guy; I look forward to meeting you. If you saw Celtic play, you would know how good a manager he is. He’s playing good football in a year when Harry Kane left. He’s playing really well; It’s exciting to see them. It’s going to be a test for both of us.”

Liverpool vice-captain Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to return after suffering a hamstring injury, but Spanish midfielder Stefan Bajcetic suffered a further setback with a “small problem in the belly of his leg”, Klopp said. Thiago Alcantara remains out, the German added.

“Trent trained yesterday and will train today (Friday). We have to make a decision. It looks like he can play,” Klopp said.

The coach also praised the new signing for midfielder, Dominik Szoboszlai, who arrived from Bundesliga side RB Leipzig in July.

“The guy is impressive, very intelligent. He is also very friendly, close to everyone,” he said: “He has charisma, he was very happy to come here, which is good to see. He’s never played the position he’s playing now, but we’re learning together. It’s a joy to work with him.”