Jurgen Klopp was slightly aggrieved and potentially surprised by West Brom’s tactics at Anfield yesterday, but if he’d studied Tony Pulis’s teams more, it would have come as a shock to nobody!
The former Stoke manager is infamous for his grim, direct brand of physical football that is ugly on the eye but keeps teams up.
Liverpool totally dominated and outclassed West Brom, but in the end were lucky to leave with a 2-2 draw following an injury time Divock Origi equaliser.
The Reds had a difficult match on Thursday against FC Sion in freezing conditions, and Klopp emphasised the trickiness of the Europa League fixture followed by the Premier League one.
“We played on Thursday on ice in Switzerland and today against a wall,” he said.
“With only long-balls, with only set plays.
“This was not a game to lose. A team that only plays long-balls is now allowed to win against us.”