Jurgen Klopp is making sure that Liverpool don’t underestimate Chelsea on Saturday, despite the team’s struggles this season.
The German manager has been in the game for a long time, and he’s convinced that you can’t sleep on a team like Chelsea, despite the rocky start to their season.
“I’m experienced in this! Things like this can happen,” Klopp told the media in his pregame press conference.
“I’m not close enough to Chelsea to know the reasons and I’m not a journalist – I don’t have to think all day about why things are like they are.
“I’m interested, of course, in the football Chelsea played in the last few weeks and it was not as bad as the results maybe show us.
“We have to do our analysis and we feel we are prepared for the game, but we have to respect the quality of Chelsea. Let’s try everything and play well, and if it’s possible, take the points.”
Chelsea is coming off a penalty loss to Stoke City on the Capital One Cup mid-week. In the league, the reigning champions sits in 15th place with 11 points after 10 games.
“Do the Chelsea players not know how to play football anymore? No, of course not,” Klopp said.
“They did well in the last game and had very, very good and brilliant moments in the game before, but they didn’t win often enough.
“You know how Chelsea play – usually it is with a very good defence and structure.
“They have big, big, big individual quality to finish all the situations – you don’t only have to talk about Hazard, you can also talk about Costa, Willian, Oscar, Ramires and Matic. All these guys are great football players.”