Klopp names two Chelsea players who could punish his Liverpool team besides Lukaku
Jurgen Klopp said his Liverpool team will not solely focus on stopping Romelu Lukaku and highlighted Chelsea’s other attacking threats ahead of Saturday’s clash at Anfield.
The 28-year-old made a big impact on his second Chelsea debut in the comfortable 2-0 win over Arsenal last weekend.
Unsurprisingly, Thomas Tuchel has confirmed that the striker is going to be in the starting line-up to face Liverpool.
However, despite clearly being aware of the threat Lukaku could pose, Klopp insisted that his team must not ignore the other two Chelsea attackers; Kai Havertz and Mason Mount.
“If you saw the game against Arsenal, the two goals Chelsea scored, one was Reece James crossed to him,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference (via the Liverpool Echo).
“You could see how Arsenal tried to defend it and how he got rid of the centre-backs and got in the box for a pretty easy goal.
“The other goal from Reece was because the formation of Arsenal was really central [to deal with Lukaku], so Reece was completely free on the right inside the 18-yard box.
“If we are only focused on Romelu, then Kai and Mason will punish you. That’s the situation.”
The former Borussia Dortmund manager went on to praise Chelsea’s decision to sign Lukaku.
He argued that Chelsea lacked a player who could convert the chances they created, and Lukaku could solve that issue.
“Last year, people very often spoke about Chelsea playing really well but didn’t finish enough situations off, and that was obviously the idea behind signing Romelu,” the Liverpool boss explained.
“Smart business. But the good thing about football is there’s no football you can’t defend at all.”