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Sport Klopp dismisses Kane criticism as 'rubbish'

13:50  14 september  2018
13:50  14 september  2018 Source:   goal.com

Klopp dismisses Kane criticism as 'rubbish'

  Klopp dismisses Kane criticism as 'rubbish' The Liverpool boss is backing the Tottenham striker, who he is set to face at Wembley on Saturday, to rediscover his spark amid claims of fatigueJurgen Klopp feels suggestions that Harry Kane is labouring for Tottenham are "rubbish".

HarryKaneJurgenKlopp - cropped: Harry Kane and Jurgen Klopp © Provided by Goal Harry Kane and Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp feels suggestions that Harry Kane is labouring for Tottenham are "rubbish".

England captain Kane won the World Cup Golden Boot as his country reached the semi-finals of Russia 2018 but has appeared short of his best over recent weeks.

The 25-year-old striker still managed goals in Spurs' wins over Fulham and Manchester United last month and Klopp is refusing to indulge in the notion Kane is currently below par as Liverpool prepare to travel to Wembley on Saturday.

“That's just rubbish, I would say," he told Sky Sports.

“After a World Cup when England got so far in the tournament they have no rest.

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“He had maybe two weeks [of] holiday. He cannot get the rest

“He will find his form, maybe at the weekend. And he has delivered already. We judge Harry Kane because he is at the highest level.

“If you go through the line-up of Tottenham you can see that they can replace Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris [both of whom are injured this weekend]. They have a very good squad used to all situations."

Klopp offered further sympathy over Kane's lack of a break and conceded Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson was in the same boat after his World Cup exertions with England.

"A good pre-season should be three or four weeks and a good break should be three or four weeks," he explained.

"They didn't have it. We say a lot over the past few years that we ask too much from the players. It's a weird situation.

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  Eriksen: Everyone expects Kane to score a hat-trick every game Christian Eriksen has defended Spurs striker Harry Kane, who is on a run of four appearances without a goal for club and country.Harry Kane is expected to score a hat-trick every game, Tottenham team-mate Christian Eriksen said in defence of the under-fire England captain.

“And now with the Nations League you see the national coaches cannot rest our players because it is a proper competition.

“It’s a constant challenge for all of us, but we have to deal with it and nothing can be perfect."

Liverpool's perfect record of four wins from four over the opening weeks of the season has heightened anticipation of a sustained title challenge from Anfield this time around.

Their manager is keen to temper expectations at this stage and feels Tottenham also have the capacity to challenge reigning champions Manchester City for the Premier League crown.

"We have to be good. We are Liverpool and we have a good squad. We must work hard on the pitch, on the training pitch and at any specific stadium every week, Klopp said.

"We have to be much more consistent, we have to be 100 per cent focused in every competition.

"We need all our players to make specific changes in certain moments and then maybe it can be good."

On whether Tottenham can challenge for top spot, Klopp added: "Of course, of course 100 per cent.

"They are a great team. They have played together for four, four-and-a-half years. It's still a very young squad. It is a really interesting project what they are doing there.

“They can cause anybody problems but so can we."

Klopp enters Kane "tiredness debate" .
Harry Kane has had an incredibly busy 18 months. Making 48 appearances for Spurs last season, the striker jetted straight off to Russia to captain England in their World Cup campaign that ended at the semi-final stage. Back into action with his club again, and many have suggested the 25-year-old is in need of a break. Taking just two weeks of holiday between England and Spurs duty after the World Cup, Kane was typically eager to jump back into his club role as soon as he possibly could. Kane has appeared in all four of Spurs’ Premier League games thus far, scoring twice. He also played a full 90 minutes against Spain for England in the UEFA Nations League, and the final 29 minutes of a friendly with Switzerland. With the debate about whether or not the forward needs a break continuing, Reds boss Jürgen Klopp has offered his thoughts ahead of his side’s trip to play Spurs on Saturday. The German, quoted by Football London, said: “We all knew it after the World Cup, especially when England went so far in the tournament, they had no rest, Harry played from the first match, he had two weeks holiday maybe, that’s nothing, he’s a physical worker, uses his body all the time and we all need rest.” “He cannot get that rest match wise, but he will find his form and maybe at the weekend. He has already delivered, it’s not that he’s not in good shape, it’s only that Harry is the highest level striker that people think ‘hmm is that the Harry Kane from last season?’” “We are all not yet the people we were from last season, we bring together all these players and build a team. You need time for that, but you’re tested every few days.

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