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Tottenham vs Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp challenges players to get Wembley revenge

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JURGEN KLOPP insists Liverpool’s thrashing at Tottenham last season was a one-off.

Boss Klopp wants his players to show their true selves today when they return to Wembley 11 months on from their 4-1 thumping.

“We would like to use it a bit like ‘strike back, go there and really show our real strength’ and of course it is like that,” said Klopp.

“But from a tactical view it’s not that it was the worst game in the world.

“It was not good, we deserved to lose that day but it was not the worst game in football history.

“We should be much better organised this time, we were much better organised than that in the other games (since then), so we should use that and we can get something”

Jurgen Klopp – Liverpool manager

“It is Tottenham, it is a top team in Europe not only in England, so it is a tough place to go and tough job to do – that is all we can think about.

“It will be interesting, very interesting, not just thinking too much about how can we pass, how can we play?

“It must be a proper fight for both teams. The Tottenham manager knows that as well.

“Last year we made it a bit too easy for them, because we lost the ball and they only had to play one pass behind our lines.

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Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp insists the thrashing at Tottenham last season was a one-off
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“We should be much better organised this time, we were much better organised than that in the other games (since then), so we should use that and we can get something.”

Tottenham’s two early goals last year were thanks to defensive howlers, most notably from Dejan Lovren who hauled off in embarrassment after a 30 minute roasting from Harry kane.

Many saw that humbling as a turning point for Liverpool, the game that shocked their season into life.

“It was a bad game,” said Klopp, whose side have lost just three Premier League games since.

“In this situation we were just disorganised. It was a long ball and we missed a header. If we don’t miss that it stays as an open game.

“The first two goals were our mistakes so if you don’t concede these goals, it’s a completely different game.

“I don’t take this game constantly and say, ‘Look at this, that was Tottenham don’t ever do this again’. We knew it immediately.”

Liverpool face Spurs today before turning their attention to their Champions League opener against French giants Paris St-Germain on Tuesday night.

Klopp has only made one change to their starting line-up in their opening four victories which have taken them to the top of the table.

This week former Manchester United star Gary Neville suggested Liverpool should “kick the Champions League into touch” to concentrate on trying to win their first league crown since 1990 instead.

But Klopp is having none of it and said: “Sitting in an office and talking about football is completely different to doing the job, to be honest.

“How should that work? What do we do? We don’t play Champions League or what?

“Gary should come over and tell me exactly how that would work. How do you prepare a game and not focus on it?

“Do you bring your kids in the Champions League? That would be funny!”

Meanwhile, Klopp says he is not concerned about calls for England hopeful Dominic Solanke to get more regular first-team football.

The 21-year-old striker has yet to feature this season for the Reds and is behind Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Daniel Sturridge in the pecking order.

“There is no pressure,” he said. “Nobody spoke to me about that.

“I don’t know exactly where Harry Kane was at the same stage of his career but it was all over the country playing and not playing.

“I remember a picture of Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy sitting on the bench for Leicester. They obviously didn’t start that day but they made their way.

“It is really difficult for strikers to get the one spot or one of the two. We are still 100 per cent sure everything will be fine for Dom.”

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