Jurgen Klopp has praised today’s opponent Tony Pulis, claiming the Baggies boss should be in the running for the Premier League Manager of the Year award.
Liverpool take on West Brom at the Hawthorns this lunchtime, in a clash which could be pivotal to our chances of finishing in the top four.
But we’ve never beaten a Pulis side away from home in the Premier League, despite the Welshman having managed in the top flight for over ten years.
Klopp had a bust-up with West Brom’s boss last season, but was full of praise for him ahead of the match.
“It’s a players’ game,” Klopp told the Telegraph. “The better the players we have, the better we look in public. But as a manager, you always respect the things like Tony Pulis is doing at West Brom a lot.
“You should not think he has a bad football team. They are really good. They have a few outstanding players. So yes of course he will have a chance [of being manager of the year].
“For me, Antonio Conte is the obvious choice, but Mr Pochettino is not far behind him. There are a few managers you could think about. If it’s only half a year, you could think about Marco Silva from Hull.
“If the Championship is involved, then there are another few interesting guys: Dave Wagner at Huddersfield, Slavisa Jokanovic at Fulham, Chris Hughton at Brighton.
“All of them have difficult situations and obviously they deal really well with it, so I’m happy I don’t have to make the choice.”
West Brom currently sit eighth in the table, which is an excellent season for a side whose primary ambition is to avoid relegation.
For this, Pulis deserves enormous credit, although it would be difficult to look past Antonio Conte for the Manger of the Year award…
The Italian has come in at Chelsea and implemented a wing-back formation which is more than likely going to see the side that finished tenth last year win the title.