Date published: Sunday 12th January 2020 11:34
Jamie Carragher has highlighted Liverpool’s evolution under Jurgen Klopp and claims the Reds can now rightly be regarded as the best team in world football.
The Reds roared a massive 16 points clear at the top of the table thanks to Roberto Firmino’s first half-strike which secured a 1-0 win over Spurs, extending their unbeaten record to 38 league games.
In amassing an astonishing 61 points from a possible 63 over the first 21 matches of the campaign, Liverpool have now made the best-ever start to a top-flight season in any of Europe’s top five leagues.
However, one man who is completely sold on their transformation is Sky Sports pundit Carragher, who has hailed the evolution of the Reds under the tutelage of the German from “edge of the seat football to consistent brilliance”.
“They always do enough in games and in the big games they are at their best, although maybe not today,” Carragher said after the win over Jose Mourinho’s side.
“We knew Klopp was a top manager but I didn’t think this development of the team over several years was possible.
“To get to this stage they are the best team in the world.”
Carra was also keen to stress how, unlike big-spending teams around them, Klopp has turned Liverpool into world beaters by not always splashing out on the game’s most expensive players.
“It’s not that Liverpool are just buying players with this special ability that nobody else sees these players,” the pundit added.
“[Andy] Robertson came from Hull, [Gini] Wijnaldum was relegated with Newcastle, [Mohamed] Salah had been at Chelsea, [Sadio] Mane had been in the Premier League…they are not just going to the best clubs in the world and buying the best players.
“It’s okay buying players but it’s what you do with them. Sometimes we forget that. Once you have that player you have to improve them, and Jurgen Klopp probably doesn’t get enough credit for that, the work he does as a coach.
“Liverpool are not buying superstars, they are making them!”
Klopp felt Liverpool should have scored more than one goal and, while pleased with the win, insisted there were elements of their performance to improve on.
“First and foremost the result is the most important thing. One team deserved to win and that was us,” he told Sky Sports.
“To win at Tottenham is pretty special. That the game wasn’t decided after 50-60 minutes was our fault.
“It was very intense for us. You can expect them to defend deep in this stadium, but it was 4-6-0 in the first half.
“If it was easy to win here, a lot more teams would do it.
I’m over the moon about the result, but we have to talk about the performance.
“We should have scored more goals – that’s the truth. We have to be honest with ourselves. We could have scored more and we have to – especially in this stadium against a team like Tottenham.
“We were on the ground towards the end and they were coming forward. The spell we’ve had, it costs you rhythm. In the second half a couple of our players were slightly exhausted, but we fought through that.
“We played super football in their box, but for 90-95 minutes you have to be ready. We were, but we still have to do better.”