Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he has respect for Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock and believes it will be a difficult game for his men at Anfield tomorrow.
The Reds brushed aside Red Star Belgrade in the week to move to the top of their Champions League group, as goals from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, supplemented with a mohamed Salah brace, which saw the Egyptian reach a landmark 50 goals for Liverpool, helped them stroll to a 4-0 victory.
They now face-off against the Bluebirds at Anfield tomorrow, hoping to keep up the pressure on leaders Manchester City – who the Reds are level on points with at the top of the Premier League table, with both teams currently on 23 after nine games.
And speaking ahead of their clash with Cardiff, Klopp was full of praise for the Cardiff City manager.
He said: “He looks like a character – a lively person! It was really impressive how they got promoted,” admitted the Liverpool manager.
“He is a very demanding manager – he has my respect.
“It will be a big pleasure to meet him. Maybe not in the 90 minutes but before and after.
“He’s one of the most experienced managers in the world of football,” he added.
The Liverpool boss also believes that Cardiff’s directness could cause Liverpool problems at the back, as they showcased against Fulham in their previous encounter, beating the Cottagers 4-2 at the Cardiff City Stadium to move out of the relegation zone.
“They have unbelievably long throw-ins.
“It makes this game so difficult. On top of that, they can play football – both wingers are quick and direct.”
Cardiff will be searching for a first win at Anfield since 1959 – they beat Liverpool 4-0 that day in the old League Division Two.