Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says shock Premier League leaders Leicester City are an almost perfect counter-attacking side ahead of their meeting on Saturday.
The Reds are down in ninth and have won only three of nine league games since the former Borussia Dortmund boss took charge after a poor performance in their 3-0 defeat to Watford last time out.
Things do not get much easier for Liverpool when they host Leicester, who are top of the table at Christmas, and Klopp was full of praise for his opponents.
“They play nearly perfect counter-attacking football – very quick,” he said.
“Leicester don’t need many chances to score. They have had no injuries, they get a whole week to train – I am not surprised [by their results]. They have quality.
“I have big respect for Claudio and the whole squad of Leicester. Ranieri is one of the most experienced coaches in the world and there is big respect on both sides.”
Klopp also urged his players to start matches better, particularly with them facing a Leicester side playing with such confidence.
He continued: “We had some very good training this week – it was very focused. It was a big knock we got in Watford.
“We had a moment after the game to speak about Watford. Then you must use the information to look forward to the next game.
“You can lose football games but you have to take the right information from it. We must start better, be aware of counter-attacks.”