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Jurgen Klopp warns Liverpool players against complacency ahead of Chelsea trip


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has urged his players not to underestimate Chelsea ahead of today's early kick off.

The Blues crashed out of the League Cup in mid-week as pressure continues to mount on manager Jose Mourinho.

But Klopp says they are still very strong in defence and dangerous in the offensive department.

"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," Klopp said.

"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.

"Do the Chelsea players not know how to play football anymore? No, of course not.

"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.

"And then their set-plays with Cahill, Terry and all of these big guys. It is difficult to play against Chelsea, but it is not impossible to win.

"I am not sure it is easier now to play against them – why should it be [easier] than before? Last year they were full of self-confidence and that may make some things different, but to be wounded can make you stronger too.

"For sure, at the moment they don't feel life is as good as it should be, and now they want to change that. That is big motivation, but we are motivated too and we will try.

"In the end, we cannot decide this game here and now, we have to play and that is what I am really looking forward to. It will be my first time there, so it will be a good moment."

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