Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has given Graham Potter a huge endorsement after his Brighton side grabbed a 2-2 draw at Anfield on Saturday.
Potter’s stature is growing by the month with his Brighton side flying high in seventh spot after fighting back from 2-0 down to earn a well-deserved point. The 46-year-old has been in charge at Brighton since May 2019 and the steady improvement in the Seagull is there for all to see.
Potter has been mentioned as a contender for the England job in the future. And his credentials have been given a glowing report by Klopp.
But there is a more pressing role to fill after Tottenham decided to call time on Nuno Espirito Santo’s four-month tenure.
The former Wolves boss’ was under close scrutiny by Daniel Levy after Saturday’s defeat to Manchester United. And on Monday morning the club announced that Nuno and his coaching team had been “relieved of their duties”.
“A further coaching update will follow in due course,” read the brief statement.
Potter was linked with the Spurs job over the summer before Nuno was eventually appointed.
“It was just speculation [the Spurs and Everton links]. It’s stuff to fill the newspapers and the 24-hour media we have to live with,” he told Sky Sports in August.
Potter has been installed as one of the favourites by the bookies to get the Spurs job, and Klopp believes he is more than capable of managing at a higher level.
“He definitely has all you need,” said Klopp when asked if Potter could coach at a higher level.
“He obviously has a clear idea about football and he is doing a brilliant job. And he has brought a clear identity to how he wants his teams to play. He is an innovator and is adventurous.
“He is an absolutely nice fella and his team mirrors his ability. I don’t want to talk the coach of Brighton away to some other clubs. But I think he should not worry about his future.”
Potter’s praise for Seagulls
Potter admitted he thought Brighton could be in for a difficult afternoon after going 2-0 down. But he was delighted with the response of his players. And he could be forgiven for leaving Anfield disappointed as his side had the best chances to win the game in the second half.
“It was a strange 24 minutes because I thought we had some opportunities and they scored with theirs,” he said.
“It looked like it would be a tough afternoon for us but credit to the players. They had an amazing response.
“We survived the disallowed (Mane) goal and that gives us a chance to keep going, we’re still alive at that point and to score before half-time to make it 2-1 was big and then the second-half performance was good. I thought it was a fantastic game.
“I was really happy we showed what we are about and we were ourselves. And I think we can improve, absolutely.
“Where that results in terms of the league position is not a concern. It’s about trying to get better at what we do. I’m happy with how the team is progressing and moving forward.”