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Liverpool boss expects ‘intense’ Chelsea clash

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp expects an intense fixture when his side travel to Stamford Bridge tomorrow to face top four rivals Chelsea.

The German is not worried that his side will be mentally or emotionally drained after their midweek Champions League exertions, although he did admit that facing last seasons Premier League Champions on their own patch is always a tough test.

Third placed Liverpool had looked to have wrapped up their place in the top four a few weeks back, but three successive draws against Everton, West Brom and Stoke have given Chelsea a sniff of overtaking them ahead of their Super Sunday clash.

“Chelsea is a really good game. When you go there you know it’s an intense game but it is always very important,” Klopp said.

“If you can get points at Chelsea it is always a sign for the season, and that’s clear.

“But we didn’t lose the last 12 games and now we go to Chelsea and have to win the next one. We are in a good moment. Intense, but good.

“In the Premier League, there are not many teams playing for nothing right now. Maybe Everton, Newcastle, Leicester?

“We had two teams with West Brom and Stoke, who were happy for a draw. Sometimes you need a little bit of luck.

“It’s intense, we have to play these teams. We had Everton too, which is always intense.

“A point there, and against West Brom and Stoke, is not exactly what we wanted. Chelsea is a different game, but we have to be ready. Hopefully we are.”

Liverpool go into the game tomorrow knowing that even a draw will all but secure their place in the top four and qualification for next seasons Champions League.

However, if they are to lose to Antonio Conte’s side and Chelsea then win their game in hand against Huddersfield the two sides will be level on points heading into the final day of the season.

Even if Klopp’s men do lose against Chelsea, their significantly better goal difference means a final day victory over Brighton at Anfield will still be to enough finish in the top four.

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