Jurgen Klopp urges Liverpool to ignore past pain ahead of Chelsea game

Florence Fletcher
April 14, 2019

Then Chelsea condemned anti-Semitic chanting by Blues fans during the club's 2-2 Europa League draw at MOL Vidi on December 13.

If he plays his best game, we'll have to deal with that. He has a lot of things I like in football; I like his joy, he is kind of cheeky as well, strong, quick. Obviously that club has a long history of racism and many of us associate them with the worst of football fan culture.

For all Klopp's optimism, Liverpool have not beaten Chelsea at Anfield in their past eight encounters, a barren run that includes a 2-1 League Cup defeat this season inspired by Eden Hazard's superb late victor.

And Klopp is well aware of the threat Hazard poses and has a peculiar plan in place. In a one vs one you can't defend him. Jurgen Klopp may say he does not care about that day because he was not around, but he will have surely sat Salah down and taken notes from the Egyptian ahead of the match. Whatever you did in the past is nice because we have had very good results at Anfield, but we have to prove ourselves again on Sunday.

"But he has to play against us as well".

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"The best way to try to make sure that he can not shine is to avoid passes to him", he added.

Eight days later Gerrard and his teammates threw away a 3-0 lead against Crystal Palace and Manchester City would go on to win the Premier League. While Porto might not be the toughest of teams in the quarterfinals of Champions League, the tie is not decided yet and the second leg beckons the Reds on Wednesday night, just three days after a crucial game against one of their biggest rivals. Chelsea will once again look to spoil their party on the back of those that were there the first time.

The Premier League club's security team identified the fans from a video on Twitter showing them singing a derogatory song about former Chelsea forward Mohamed Salah, now of Liverpool, according to British media reports.

'We enjoyed that day and hopefully, we can replicate it on Sunday, ' he told Sky Sports (as reported by the Metro). We know they are fighting for the title but for us, every point is very important for the top four.

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