Many could be mindful of mind games when managers praise their upcoming opponents, but when Jürgen Klopp was speaking about Brentford, the Reds manager had nothing but praise for Brentford ahead of Premier League clash on Saturday evening.
The Bees will battle Liverpool for the first time since March 1989, when the Reds emerged victorious at Anfield 4-0 in an FA Cup quarter-final – with Liverpool going on to win the competition that season.
Over 32 years later, the Bees will finally get their opportunity to test themselves amongst England and Europe’s elite, something Thomas Frank reiterated in his press conference on Thursday.
While the Reds will, on paper, pose Brentford’s most difficult test of the season without a doubt, there is a sense of excitement among everybody at the club and that the fans can be the 12th man in order to achieve a memorable result.
In the build-up to this mouth-watering clash, there has been an amicable respect between the two managers, Thomas Frank and Jürgen Klopp, ahead of what is set to be an exciting encounter between the two sides.
Frank has stressed that is without doubt Brentford’s biggest test of the season but has reiterated that the Bees will go out and approach this game like every other they have played this season.
When asked about Brentford and their incredible journey in the past couple of seasons in his press conference, Klopp had nothing but total admiration for the way the Bees have managed to climb the football pyramid, going from League 2 to the Premier League in 12 years.
“I really admire these kind of projects, if you want. They have a really special way of recruiting players, they are brave in pretty much all the things they do,” he said.
“They had tough things to overcome; being close and not getting promoted, obviously. Then being on the top, then had to go to the play-offs anyway, but made their way through. That already strengthens your character, let me say it like this.
“Now they are an incredibly brave team, to be honest. Their work against the ball, the press they play, is really good. So it will really be a tough one.
“High intensity, pressing like crazy, have a playing build-up but if the other team presses then they are not shy to go a bit more direct. In all positions, really exciting players.
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“In the back three is probably the tallest in Europe – all three, massive players. All these kind of things.
“So, yeah, it’s a challenge. They are in a new stadium so they enjoy that as well. It’s an interesting thing and I really respect that a lot, but of course we go there for different reasons, not to tell them how much we like what they do.
“No, we want to get the points but we know it will be a tough one.”