Jurgen Klopp has explained why Thomas Tuchel’s ‘clear philosophy’ makes Chelsea difficult to play against ahead of Liverpool’s meeting with the west London side.
Liverpool take on Chelsea tomorrow evening in a huge clash between the top four rivals, just a single point currently separating the two sides ahead of their crunch showdown on Merseyside.
Chelsea have impressed since the arrival of former Paris Saint-Germain manager Tuchel in January, with the Blues unbeaten in nine fixtures across all competitions under the German’s guidance.
Tuchel’s arrival has also coincided with an improved defensive record, Chelsea having kept five clean sheets in their seven league fixtures since his appointment as Frank Lampard’s successor.
Klopp has been impressed with his compatriot’s impact and the solidity shown by tomorrow’s opponents, insisting his side will have to be ‘patient’ against a Chelsea team who have dominated possession in recent fixtures.
“In the games Chelsea played so far (under Tuchel) they have been successful. They have a clear philosophy, clear idea and are possession based,” Klopp told his pre-match press conference.
“He’s used the time to get to get immediate results but also knowledge of his squad. He has changed a lot. Only Mason Mount, Mateo Kovacic, Jorginho are fixed but all the other positions have been changed to get information about his squad.
“It is quite difficult to get more possession than Chelsea. You have to defend, work a lot, you have to be patient in moments and show your desire to defend all the time because they are a top team.”