Chelsea No2 Zola: Cup win won't influence Liverpool league clash

Chelsea No2 Zola: Cup win won't influence Liverpool league clash

Chelsea No2 Zola: Cup win won't influence Liverpool league clash

Klopp wasn't happy about that defeat and will be determined to make amends and keep Liverpool's form red hot.

Van Dijk is yet to return to full training after aggravating bruised ribs during the recent win over Southampton.

'It looks like a case of Manchester City v Liverpool for the title, ' said Giggs to Sky Sports, 'although you can't dismiss Chelsea because they're playing well'.

"We have to wait, he didn't train with the team so far", confirmed Klopp.

"Some ex-football players, or ex-teammates, they spoke to the media and it looks like I am a bad boy or something but I've never been a bad boy or had some problems at a club".

He is a world-class player, and if you miss a world-class player it's not cool but Dejan Lovren played his first game after 10 weeks.

"Let me say it like this: hopefully they don't have to".

"Most of that time he was that injured he couldn't even think about training because when you have something in that part of your body you cannot do fitness, nothing". [Joel] Matip has been out injured for a long but played two games in a row, which is fantastic. The result is always the most important thing, but the performance is pretty important as well - and for analysis much more important. "I didn't need that game to find out about that".

Whether the outcome of this game will have any bearing on Saturday's battle for three points remains to be seen.

The German will have been encouraged by Shaqiri's impact and may feel he can use him in Saturday's trip to Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea have been a more attacking team this season under the management of Maurizio Sarri and Higginbotham believes Hazard is thriving under that approach.

Indeed, Klopp has since moved to reassure the Switzerland worldwide star, who moved to Anfield from Stoke City during the transfer window. But an Emerson strike on 79 minutes hauled Chelsea level before substitute Hazard sealed the win with a sublime strike after beating two defenders and then shooting past goalkeeper Simon Mignolet from a narrow angle. Every player was a full worldwide, with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Emerson and Ross Barkley handed opportunities to stake a claim for more Premier League action.

"We all know that we could have defended that goal that he scored". Before we started it was clear that a game against Chelsea at Chelsea will not be like a children's birthday [party], that's pretty intense. Yes, he did well. If we have one 100 per cent challenge, or four or five, then Eden Hazard can't do what he did. But that's how it is and that's not new.

'We needed time to adapt without the ball. Three times. And even then still not possible to score a goal, but he did because of a flawless finish. No player is not defendable.

It's hard but we are hard to defend. If you give Sadio Mane the ball in the wrong space then you can not get him anymore as an opponent. It already sounds good, and we have to make sure it is good. "We have to close the right spaces".

"He came to me straight away and said why". That's what we tried to do.

"But I think I tried to do my job the best I could, and I can't be too disappointed (with) the way I played".

"I don't want to bother him and fill him up with information about the way we play, the way we defend, the way he has to run".

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