Liverpool will hope to recover from their European defeat when they return to Premier League action on Sunday with a trip to Chelsea.
The Reds lost their Champions League opener 2-0 to Napoli, suffering a first defeat in all competitions since the start of the new Premier League season.
But they can return to winning ways this weekend, and extend their incredible run of league victories to 15 matches if they get past Chelsea.
However, this is not the Chelsea of old, with Frank Lampard still hunting for his first home win as Blues manager.
The west Londoners, like Liverpool, lost their Champions League opener on Tuesday evening, with Valencia claiming a smash-and-grab 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge.
But Lampard will be fired up to claim his first home win against a team of Liverpool’s calibre, and Klopp will have to be wary of the Blues.
And the German was asked about the qualities of Lampard’s side, as well as Liverpool’s away poor record against the top six and the latest injury news, during his pre-match press conference.
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On Napoli defeat
“Performance-wise, it was not a game you usually lose. Really good, mature game against a difficult opponent.
“It is not possible to dominate a game against Napoli. They are a very good side. Good defenders and midfielders. Not a team you play easily against.”
“We kept it open until the penalty and it was the small details. We are in a good shape and we have to keep it going. We should keep that, but still, results-wise and performance in parts, we want to make it better.”
On possible injury to Virgil van Dijk
“Does it keep me awake? Not yet. It is the reason we have four centre-halves. It is not easy for the ‘in the moment’ no.4 to play.
“Of course [injuries] can happen but cannot think about them before they happen. We all need luck to be successful.”
On chemistry between goalkeeper and defence
“I’ve said it a lot of times, we have four world-class centre-backs. They can all play together in each partnership.
“Players are human beings, they make mistakes, it happens often. The players know Adrian a lot better and are now having a real connection which wasn’t there the first few games. We use Adrian without match experience for I don’t know how long. He has done really well.”
On Liverpool’s poor record away from home vs the Premier League’s top six
“A poor top six record away? The teams are really good.
“There are different ways to win away games and we have to find one. It’s not good news, but I don’t feel it. Let’s give it a try. We cannot guarantee we go to Chelsea and win, they are strong.
“We play Chelsea away always pretty late. Man United last year was not a thriller, we could have won it. Different reasons [for the record].
“We have a job to do, but we have prepared for the game despite that [top six] stat. It’s difficult to win away at Chelsea.”
On Naby Keita and Alisson injuries
“Naby Keita is back in training with the team. Today is first time with the team. Alisson is making big progress. He did a proper session yesterday with John Achterberg [goalkeeper coach].
“Not in team training yet, and we take it day by day. We will see. Too early to say. Medical department will tell me.”
On Frank Lampard’s Chelsea
“It’s not my job to talk about other managers but what I can say is they play exciting football. I have to look back at their Champions League game. They have played different systems and that is interesting. A really exciting football team. Young and really good. It’s not a surprise.
“Lampard did an outstanding job at Derby, so I am not surprised by him at Chelsea. But it is a difficult league. I can see some people are not happy with some results but that is not because of him. He is a really good manager.
“Chelsea had some problems but they have sorted it well. I don’t think they expected [to lose to Valencia]. It reminds me of my team in Dortmund a few years ago. Really young but they only played cause they were that good. Pulisic, Kante, Jorginho…”
“His form is not a surprise. He plays like he played at Monaco, but he needed time to adapt. That is it. Now he is used to it and he plays like he does because of his quality. A really smart footballer and full of quality. These things are difficult to learn.
“It’s about all his game intelligence. It helps all of us. Playing Fabinho in midfield with two who aren’t about defending, he would look different. So it’s about all the players. The team defends in a specific manner. That is important. We have smart boys to make it easy.”
On Chelsea’s transfer ban
“If there is one club in the world who a transfer ban didn’t hit that bad then I would say it was Chelsea because of their policy of the last few years. They had players on loan who have come back. Tammy Abraham knows how to score. They have all my respect. A top contender.”
On Liverpool’s lack of clean sheets
“We haven’t focused more on defensive things. The goals [against us] happen strangely, like Southampton. It’s not exactly what we want but we want to win football games.
“We have to improve and develop and that’s how it is. It’s not because we have a different approach.”
On Christian Pulisic
“He is a proper player, young, dynamic. Great with both feet. A really good signing for them.”
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