Sam Allardyce believes Jurgen Klopp’s ‘remarkable’ Liverpool could be Premier League’s best ever – even BETTER than Man United’s ’99 Treble winners – as he plots unlikely upset to ignite West Brom’s survival bid
- Sam Allardyce and West Brom visit Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday
- The new Baggies boss has hailed counterpart Jurgen Klopp at the table toppers
- Allardyce feels that Liverpool are comparable to great former league champions
- West Brom began life under their new manager with a 3-0 setback at Aston Villa
But ahead of today’s game at Anfield, Big Sam puts Klopp’s champions in that select group and the next couple of seasons will ultimately determine their status.
New West Brom boss Sam Allardyce takes his side to a foreboding test at Liverpool on Sunday
Allardyce thinks that the Reds are comparable to Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United sides
‘What is remarkable is just how well they are playing, even with their injury list,’ said Allardyce, the last manager to win a Premier League game at Anfield, with Crystal Palace in April 2017.
‘I don’t think Jurgen has ever experienced that before. The amount and quality of player he has got on the sidelines is significant and the youngsters who have stepped in have been magnificent.
‘Certainly, this Liverpool side ranks as high as you can get at the moment. Whether they are as good as the Manchester United Treble team, some people will say: ‘Yes’.
‘I suppose what this side has to do is win trophies over the next couple of years. Then you will be able to draw a more rounded conclusion.’
Klopp won his first Premier League trophy last season as they won the title with some comfort
Klopp and Allardyce have met on several occasions as bosses, including as Merseyside rivals
Allardyce has his work cut out in his second game in charge of Albion. The relegation escape specialist started with a 3-0 home defeat against Aston Villa now travels to a side unbeaten in 66 matches at home and fresh from a 7-0 win at Crystal Palace last weekend.
It’s unlikely to be pretty from The Baggies. ‘We have got to make sure we stop them. And stop them right from the start,’ stressed Allardyce.
‘The only doubt or blip I saw from Liverpool was the performance at Fulham. In the first-half, Fulham could have been more than one up but they came back to draw.
‘But they looked in an unstoppable mood against Palace.’
The Baggies boss believes Liverpool can claim to be the greatest with a few further successes