Jurgen Klopp has described Liverpool’s clash with Chelsea this weekend as a ‘must-watch game’ and has praised Thomas Tuchel as ‘exceptional’.
Liverpool host Chelsea at Anfield tomorrow evening in an early-season clash between two potential title rivals, both sides having begun the new season with back-to-back wins ahead of Saturday’s showdown.
The visitors arrive on Merseyside as the reigning European champions following Champions League success last season and Klopp admits he is anticipating a ‘very difficult game’ in what promises to be a fascinating fixture.
“I expect a very difficult game for both teams, there is not an easy way through any line and both teams are very well organised,” Klopp told his pre-match press conference.
“It will be a big fight and it is one of these games which I would watch 100% if I was not involved. It is a must-watch game.
“Chelsea are in a very good moment, won the Champions League, played an incredible last half of the season since Thomas Tuchel came in and now have brought Romelu Lukaku in. It is a tough opponent but we are not in the worst moment and hopefully we can show that.”
Klopp praised the performance of compatriot Tuchel since his appointment at Stamford Bridge, with the German having followed a similar pathway to Klopp in coaching Mainz and Borussia Dortmund before success in England.
Klopp admits he was ‘never in doubt’ that Tuchel would be a success in the Premier League and says the 47-year-old was a deserving winner of UEFA’s Coach of the Year award this week.
“What he did at Chelsea is exceptional, I was never in doubt he would have a massive impact. Not even he would have expected it to happen that quickly. He won the Uefa coach of the year and really deserved it.
“The combination of financial wealth and football knowledge is always a threat for us, what they are doing is really good. Thomas is an exceptional manager and coach all my respect.”