Jurgen Klopp: don’t forget Chelsea in Premier League title race


The Belgian superstar went into the game as arguably the Premier League's form player, fresh from bagging a hat-trick against Cardiff the previous week. "But I know there will be no (such) player".

"I think this Liverpool team would give any team from any era a real game".

Alisson, despite his error against Leicester, already looks like a significant upgrade in goal over either Loris Karius or Simon Mignolet, while Klopp is now perming three from James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and, slightly suprisingly, Xherdan Shaqiri in midfield-and that's despite having lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for the season to a knee injury.

"We lost important players during the summer, so we had to replace them and we did".

Liverpool welcome Chelsea to Anfield tomorrow night.

Meanwhile, centre-back Virgil van Dijk is struggling for fitness ahead of the midweek game.

Fabinho joined Liverpool in a £43.7 million deal from Monaco in May but has made just one appearance for the club so far this season, coming on as an 89th-minute substitute during Tuesday's 3-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

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Liverpool has run riot in the Premier League as Klopp's men bagged all the 18 from available 18 and the Reds are the only side with 100% start in the Premier League's edition of 2018-19.

Waiting patiently for Fabinho to adapt to Liverpool's style of play could be the flawless way for Klopp to introduce him to devastating effect during the tough winter months. "It is still a bit painful, nothing else", Klopp said. This year we will help him to reach that full potential. It's just a football team with a specific way of playing.

"There's no time to say "I give you that, or that", but it will happen".

The surprise League Cup win I enjoyed with Oxford United in 1986 is always one of the best days of my career and leading Tranmere to the League Cup final as their manager in 2000 was another wonderful memory.

When asked about transitioning Fabinho into the squad, he explained: "It's not really hard".

Unfortunately, a reported injury to Ruben Loftus-Cheek will keep him out for Wednesday's game so Ethan Ampadu may get a chance to impress. That's all. But at the end, it's not about changing these players' football personality.

"Jurgen Klopp's a breath of fresh air, he's different class", Souness added.