Klopp bewildered by press conference question; warns journalists off quizzing Liverpool stars

Date published: Friday 12th April 2019 1:41

Jurgen Klopp has warned off journalists from asking any of his Liverpool players about the infamous 2014 home defeat to Chelsea.

The Blues’ 2-0 win at Anfield in April 2014 derailed Liverpool’s title tilt, paving the way for Manchester City to snatch the league crown.

Steven Gerrard’s slip gifted Demba Ba the opener and Willian hit a last-gasp second goal to end Liverpool’s 16-match unbeaten streak in a defeat that floored Brendan Rodgers’ side.

But Klopp was not in the mood to talk about that game and branded it insignificant ahead of Sunday’s crucial Anfield clash.

“If anyone want’s to talk to my players about what happened in 2014 please don’t,” said Klopp.

“We have to be positive and front footed how we’ve done it for the whole season.”

Asked how he can change the perception or expectation ahead of the Chelsea clash, Klopp said: “I’m not sure if that’s in anybody’s mind apart from yours.

“I heard about it of course but it is nothing to do with us. It’s a completely new story.

“It’s all about the game on Sunday and not about the past.

“Salah was there for Chelsea but we’ve changed it completely.

“Everything has changed, only the colours and names are the same.

“I know we have to work hard but I liked the game and style on Tuesday night and the good moments which we have to be in because we are going for big targets.”

Klopp was asked again about the comparisons to the 2014 team to his current side – a team managed by Brendan Rodgers.

“I didn’t think one second until I entered this room for 2014. Not one second,” said Klopp.

“We don’t compare it to any other season.

“You ask me how it was that time, I have no clue. I’m not nervous. I feel the intensity, it’s good, in this moment we see the positive of moment.”

Speaking about the challenge that Maurizio Sarri’s men pose, Klopp said: “Chelsea are in a really good moment.

“We have had two opportunities to watch them this week and they could rest a lot of players yet still won last night.

“They’re in a good position. Chelsea and Hazard are in very good shape and it is not an easy one but we are in very good shape and it’s Anfield.

“We have to use the power of Anfield again, I’m so happy with our supporters how they’ve dealt with everything and how we’ve grown together.

“It’s now the moment to show it. We need all our resources to win it.”

 

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