Liverpool Set Off For London With Christain Benteke Fit And Available For Chelsea Clash

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Liverpool have set off for London ahead of their crunch clash with Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime.

Striker Christian Benteke was amongst the travelling party as he looks set to make his return from injury at Stamford
Bridge.

Boss Jurgen Klopp revealed that Benteke has trained and will be available for the game, but striker partner Daniel Sturridge has again been ruled out.

“Things are better. Christian trained, not quite normally, he worked with our fitness coach and it was good so he is
prepared for tomorrow. That is the only thing that is changed. No Daniel, no.”

Chelsea head into the game off the back of a nightmare run but Klopp knows the dangers that a wounded animal such as the Blues can pose.

The German knows all about the collapse in form of top sides, after his Dortmund team went from being Champions’ finalists and runner up in the German league, to BOTTOM the following January.

Klopp turned that around to finish seventh in the European places, but it left a scar after such an incredible success just a year before.

And he revealed that for all Chelsea’s struggles, he knows from personal experience how dangerous Jose
Mourinho’s side can still be.

“I’m not sure it is so easy to play against Chelsea. They were full of self confidence last year so maybe that makes a different, but to be wounded, sometimes that makes you stronger too,” he insisted.

“I am not close enough to Chelsea to know the reasons, and I am not a journalist so I don’t need to think all day
why things are how they are.

“But I am interested in the football Chelsea played last week and it was not that worse than the results suggest.

“We have analysed it, and we have to respect the quality of Chelsea to be sure.”

Klopp experienced a dramatic dip in form in his final season at Dortmund after so much success, and to be bottom in January was an incredible story.

But he believes it will not make Chelsea any less an opponent, or crucially, make Jose Mourinho any less a manager.

The pair have had their friction, with Mourinho – then at Real Madrid – saying of the German when his Dortmund side visited the Bernabeu “he talks too much.”

But Klopp is adamant they have nothing but respect for each other, and he knows Mourinho will turn things around at Stamford Bridge.

“When I was in Germany we sent some messages to each other, for my side I am full of respect for his work,” he said.

“When you are not a journalist or a referee he can be a nice guy. I like him with people and he is a nice guy.

“He is emotional; I am emotional; but we have enough respect to know we have a normal lifestyle and everything is ok between us.”


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