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Pardew On Klopp And Coutinho

6 November 2015


Alan Pardew has spoken highly of Liverpool's "passionate" manager Jurgen Klopp and the Reds' star player Philippe Coutinho ahead of Palace's trip to Anfield on Sunday.

Klopp has enjoyed an unbeaten start to life on Merseyside, which the Eagles will be trying to bring to an end, as both sides look to build on their recent results.

Pardew spoke about the former Borussia Dortmund boss' influence on Merseyside and his pitchside persona, with him often celebrating goals passionately and wearing his heart on his sleeve.

"Klopp has arrived at that football club with great players, so their results are not a surprise," he said. "Certainly there's a higher press from the team under Klopp's management. We know that's coming, we'll expect that and we can cope with that.

"What he's added is the freshness of a new manager and that has gone into the players. Of course, his style at Dortmund was the high press and that is what he's put into the Liverpool team - and had great success so far.

"I don't know much about Klopp, but what I do know is that on the sideline he's very similar to myself, we're going to have to keep each other apart! We're both engaged in the game."

He was also full of praise for Brazilian attacking midfielder Coutinho, saying: "Liverpool carry great players and great players can change a game, like Coutinho at Chelsea.

"He has that ability to turn a game and he did at Stoke. We have to be aware of their threats, and try to capitalise on what they're not good at.

"Coutinho is probably, at the moment, their best player in terms of the level he's at and I don't think anyone in the Premier League would disagree that he's been in the top five players, offensively, this year."

You can watch Alan Pardew's full pre-match press conference HERE.

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