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Jurgen Klopp urges Liverpool players to be focused and aggressive ahead of Tottenham clash

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has urged his players to be super-focused, aggressive and greedy as they take on Tottenham Hotspur in their Premier League clash on Sunday.

The Reds are still trying to claw their way into the Champions League, but the German said they’ll take the Europa League right now.

Liverpool are six points behind fourth-place Manchester United, but the Red Devils have a game in hand.

They will be looking to build on their recent form that has seen them win their last three league games.

Liverpool have secured victories against Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and West Ham United. They will hope for more of the same against Spurs.

“Last night they played a similar system or the system they played now more or less for a while already,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference (via Liverpool’s official website):

“In general, I think the mentality boost, whatever, that’s clear that it will come. The second half last night helped definitely.

“This game could have gone either way. They could have lost it in the first half, but they could have won it in the second half.

“They had a massive chance before United scored to [make it] 2-0 – that could’ve been the equaliser, so that’s how football on the highest level is. It can always go either way.

Klopp said it was too early to start talking about Liverpool’s consistency following their three straight wins.

“I’m absolutely okay with the moment, but it’s not that I already trust ourselves that much that I say, ‘Ah, that’s it now – we are out of the woods’,” he added.

“This season gave us a few lessons I didn’t want to learn, but I learned. So, we have to stay super-focused. We have to be super-aggressive, angry, greedy, whatever.

“Show that the most important price in football is the three points at the weekend or midweek, whenever we play in the next Premier League game.

Spurs will come into the game with confidence after the game against Man United. They clawed their way back from two goals down to earn a point.

Interim manager Ryan Mason lauded his team’s massive personalities and characters. He said he loved how they ran and fought for each other on the pitch.

The 31-year-old will hope to incur that same spirit when they take on Liverpool on Sunday.

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