Jurgen Klopp had his pre-match press conference today at Melwood. The Liverpool manager met with reporters to discuss Liverpool’s trip to Chelsea on Saturday evening for the first top of the table Premier League clash of the season.
Klopp was asked about just how good the Blues talisman Eden Hazard is. The Chelsea attacker scored a wonder-goal on Wednesday night as the Stamford Bridge outfit came from behind to beat Liverpool at Anfield, knocking them out of the Carabao Cup in the process.
“I know exactly how good he is. He’s a special player and he enjoys these one vs one situations.’’
“I didn’t need that game to find out about that.
“If we had one 100% challenge out of the four or five we had, he wouldn’t have been able to do what he did.”
The Liverpool manager spoke about just how hard it is to stop Hazard. He acknowledged that his team must do a better job of carrying out their own defensive tasks if they are to have any chance of achieving this.
“Stop passes to him? Good idea? Being close? Good idea, but he likes players being close sometimes.’’ The German added.
“We all know we could have stopped that goal but he used that situation. No player is not defendable.
“We have to close the right spaces.”