Last updated on September 22, 2019
Jurgen Klopp cautioned Liverpool on Friday to brace for a ferocious struggle with the Chelsea kids that remind him of those exhilarating Borussia Dortmund sides which shot Germany and Europe by storm. Klopp, whose Premier League leaders choose Chelsea in Stamford Bridge on Sunday, assembled a lively team in his seven years in Dortmund fuelled by talented prodigies such as Mario Goetze, Nuri Sahin, Shinji Kagawa, and Robert Lewandowski.
He sees more than just a few similarities between Dortmund teams that won the Bundesliga in successive seasons and reached the Champions closing in 2013, and also the way Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has placed his beliefs at the Blues’s children.
“It is an inspiring group, and it reminds me a tiny bit of my group at Dortmund years ago when they were very young, much younger than this Chelsea team,” Klopp said.
“People always talked about just how young they are, but they only played since they were right; they did not play since they were young.
“They earned Christian Pulisic at the summertime, and all of the players have exactly the identical significance — Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, (Callum) Hudson-Odoi. “A fantastic team, all of my admiration. They’re a suitable competition for pretty much everything.” Academy graduates Abraham, Mount, and Fikayo Tomori, have enjoyed strong begins to Lampard’s first season in charge, together with Chelsea’s transfer ban forcing their new supervisor to provide the kids a chance that has been hard to find in preceding years of significant spending from the Blues.
- Blistering begin –
Liverpool visits Chelsea having won their opening five league games but with just one win against leading six competitors within their past 12 attempts.
“There are various ways to win games away, we must locate a means to find a person,” Klopp said.
“We go there to have a consequence; you can not go to Chelsea and also have a promise that you will win the match; they are too powerful for that.
“I believed in 2016, we won from each the best six and had all the issues. We are far more successful winning each of the other matches.” Even though Liverpool have their sets sight on a primary English name since 1990, Lampard understands Chelsea are most likely to need to settle for a high four challenge after the transport ban and close-season passing of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.
Continuing the growth of Abraham, 21, Mount, 20, and business is vital to Chelsea’s advancement and Lampard is excited for Mount to confront Liverpool to further his schooling.
“He’s an opportunity. We watched the picture of the attack, which made it seem awful. Hopefully, it isn’t too bad,” Lampard said.
“We’re trying, the fantastic thing about Mason is that his mindset is so great he is going to give everything to play for this club. We’ll have every chance to attempt and get there.”