Klopp wary of Stoke’s quality

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hailed Stoke City counterpart Mark Hughes ahead of their League Cup semi-final at Britannia Stadium on Tuesday.

The German tactician has been impressed by how the Welshman has influenced the style of football played by the Potters, and is also aware of the quality of their attacking players.

"We know about the quality of Stoke of course," Klopp said. "Mark Hughes does a brilliant job there. Maybe the biggest change in football is how Stoke played a few years ago and how they are playing now.

"I've never met Mark before but I have big respect for what he has done there, good scouting and good style of play.

"It's a team I know most about because I know most of the players. Philipp Wollscheid and all the players who played in Germany, of course I know a lot about them.

"They're very good, especially Marko Arnautovic, who has made really good development because he was really young in Germany and had some problems but everybody could see in his good moments how strong he can be.

"I don't read newspapers but I've heard nothing about him, only seeing him scoring goals, making crosses and runs behind the lines and things like this. That's like what you could say about the whole development of the Stoke City team."

The second leg of the semi-final will take place at Anfield on the 26th.