Following the loss of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side against the Maurizio Sarri led Chelsea, the former has come out to say that his side must improve and bring their best when they meet again against Chelsea on Saturday in the English Premier League.
The Blues ended the unbeaten run of the Reds with a 2-1 victory in the Carabao third round clash at Anfield on Wednesday.
Eden Hazard was the man to watch for as he clinched the victory with 5 minutes to the end of the match. An opener from Liverpool Daniel Sturridge had put the Jurgen Klopp’s side ahead but it was levelled by Emerson Palmeri before Hazard’s finish.
“The result is the most important thing, but performance is also important especially for analysis. It was interesting to see how we adapted in such a short time. We are competitive. That’s what we have to show again. The Chelsea game was a very interesting game.
“We needed time to adapt without the ball. It felt like things weren’t comfortable. It was because of little, little details. It was a big challenge for the boys. We want to strike back, that is the sport. If you play them again, you try to correct that case. Fighting back is a duty in the sport.
“We will go to Chelsea and try our best again. Chelsea will make changes. A lot of other players will come in. It will be interesting again and I’m looking forward to it.
On how to stop Hazard ahead of their Saturday clash, he said: “How do we defend him? We have Hazard and him. And Willian. And Kovacic running like a Formula One car. And Kante. They’re all important [players for Chelsea], so let’s try to be at 100%. When we play football, we cause teams problems.”
“Stop passes to him? Good idea? Being close? Good idea, but he likes players being close sometimes.We all know we could have stopped that goal but he used that situation. No player is not defendable. We have to close the right spaces. I know exactly how good he is. He’s a special player and he enjoys this one vs one situation. I didn’t need that game to find out about that.”