Klopp hails re­turn of ‘real’ Liver­pool

Blue mur­der Lam­pard’s side pay price for big mis­takes

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Matt Law foot­ball news correspond­ent

Jur­gen Klopp claimed he saw the re­turn of the real Liver­pool in his team’s 2-0 away vic­tory over 10-man Chelsea yes­ter­day.

Two goals from Sa­dio Mane helped the Premier League cham­pi­ons main­tain their win­ning start to the sea­son af­ter An­dreas Chris­tensen had been sent off.

But while Liver­pool had got off the hook against Leeds United in their open­ing game, Klopp was de­lighted to see a dom­i­nant per­for­mance against Chelsea.

Asked if the vic­tory demon­strated

Liver­pool’s hunger, Klopp said: “For to­day, yes but that’s ex­actly what we have to show all the time. That’s what we wanted to show to­day. To us it’s re­ally im­por­tant. We only have to show our­selves ‘OK it’s us’ and I saw us to­day. I saw us play­ing foot­ball to­day and I’m com­pletely fine, I loved it.

“For our­selves, we feel the way we play, with adap­ta­tions, with im­prove­ment, with de­vel­op­ment, made us suc­cess­ful and will make us suc­cess­ful if we re­ally show it con­sis­tently on the pitch.”

New sign­ing Thi­ago Al­can­tara made his Liver­pool de­but as a sec­ond-half sub­sti­tute and com­pleted more passes (75) than any Chelsea player dur­ing the 90 min­utes.

“We de­cided to bring Thi­ago on early be­cause it was 11 v 10 and a player like him can com­mand the rhythm,” said Klopp. “It was the per­fect start for him and the boys helped him mas­sively.”

Chelsea head coach Frank Lam­pard was pleased with his team’s per­for­mance, but could not de­fend Kepa Ar­riz­a­bal­aga af­ter the goal­keeper’s poor pass was pounced

upon by Mane for his and Liver­pool’s sec­ond goal.

With Edouard Mendy due to com­plete a move from Rennes once he has un­der­gone a med­i­cal, Kepa looks set to lose his place, with Lam­pard also con­firm­ing Willy Ca­ballero would face Barnsley in the EFL Cup on Wed­nes­day night.

“It was a clear mis­take to­day and I think Brighton was a mis­take as well, and he [Kepa] has re­flected in that way, so we have to keep work­ing,” said Lam­pard. “It’s the rules of foot­ball. In­di­vid­u­ally, play­ers need sup­port par­tic­u­larly from my­self and I give that to all the play­ers. Kepa has to keep work­ing. No­body tries to make mis­takes in foot­ball but it’s the na­ture of the game and you have to be strong.

“I can say now Willy Ca­ballero will play [against Barnsley] and that was my feel­ing, re­gard­less of to­day.”

Lam­pard left Ger­many de­fender An­to­nio Rudi­ger out of his squad en­tirely, with Fikayo To­mori re­plac­ing him on the bench and mak­ing an en­cour­ag­ing 45-minute per­for­mance as a sub­sti­tute.

“I’ve got five cen­tre-halves and I can’t pick a squad with three on the bench,” said Lam­pard. “I have to make my se­lec­tion on the back of train­ing, hard work and other sit­u­a­tions. To­mori did re­ally well. I hope he feels the trust I have in him.”

On Chris­tensen’s red card, which was up­graded from a yel­low af­ter a Var check, for a foul on Mane, Lam­pard said: “Once the yel­low is the first de­ci­sion, you feel it needs to be ab­so­lutely cer­tain that it’s a red to make that de­ci­sion. I’m not sure it was. I felt it could be given or not.”

Klopp said: “I saw his arms were around Sa­dio, so I thought at the time it was a red card.”

Costly clash: Sa­dio Mane of Liver­pool is fouled by Chelsea’s An­dreas Chris­tensen, who was sent off with the game goal­less

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