Jürgen Klopp should be wary of compliments from British opposition managers. Alan Pardew claimed Liverpool should be a top four side before winning once again at Anfield, Steve McClaren put the Reds forward as title challengers only to win by two goals with a clean sheet to garnish his much-needed victory, and now Tony Pulis is engaging in a spot of Premier League witchcraft.
He’s a fantastic manager, his record shows that he’s been a top, top manager in Germany, working his way through and being successful and then going to Dortmund and doing an exceptional job there. He’s got one of the best clubs in England, with some top, top players, so he’ll have the opportunity to push them on and progress. He’s had a good start, he looks bright and breezy and his command of the English language is excellent, so it looks like he’ll be here to stay.
The West Bromwich Albion manager will be trying to set up his side to frustrate and stifle Liverpool on Sunday but sees the benefit of having engaging personalities to make the Premier League more attractive and exciting. Many managers and players often speak of the need for "the best league in the world" to have the biggest characters on the pitch and in the dugout.
It can be difficult to decipher whether an opposition manager's praise before the game is an attempt to put pressure on opponents by talking them up or merely a case of stating existing qualities many are already aware of. Whatever the case may be, Liverpool need to live up to the tag of favourites and use home advantage to secure three points.