Chelsea´s tough title defence was to be expected - Klopp

  • Chelsea´s tough title defence was to be expected - Klopp

Chelsea´s tough title defence was to be expected - Klopp

Salah could have been turning out for Chelsea rather than Liverpool had he not been allowed to leave by former manager Jose Mourinho, but Conte is keen to avoid any criticism of that decision of of his club's previous regime.

"If he would have played better at Chelsea we would not have him probably so I'm happy about the situation". Chelsea are third in the table with 25 points after eight wins, two draws and three defeats while Liverpool are two places and three points below them.

Chelsea beat Qarabag 4-0 in Azerbaijan on Wednesday to enter the last 16 in Europe's elite competition but their return to London was delayed due to bad weather the following day.

"If Chelsea come to Anfield and sit deep, the game will be hard".

"It is not right to find excuses and the team must try to play a good game against a strong Liverpool side", he said.

Mohamed Salah is a "dangerous" player, according to Antonio Conte. "He is a good player and very unsafe".

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Salah was previously on the books at Stamford Bridge before his 2016 move to the Italian capital, but Conte regards him as just one of several quality players for the Reds. "We need to pay attention but not only to him but to Mane, Firmino, Sturridge and all their strikers because They have a great attacking potential as a team".

Midfielder Emre Can is a doubt for the Chelsea match on Saturday, but first-choice central defender Joel Matip is back in full training after missing Liverpool's last two games with a thigh strain. "They have great potential as a team".

Jurgen Klopp's side looked to be coasting to victory on Spanish soil when they led 3-0 at the break, only to suffer a worrying second-half collapse that once again raised questions over their defensive deficiencies.

"We like to live the game with intensity and passion, stay on the touchline to try and help our players", the Chelsea boss said.

"Chelsea fans didn't see him as much as we would have hoped to".