Monday 18 December 2017

Beware a wounded beast

Klopp cautious ahead of Chelsea showdown

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has warned his players to be wary of "wounded" Chelsea on the day Jose Mourinho revealed serious doubts about finishing in the top four this season.

"They were full of self-confidence last year so maybe that makes a difference, but to be wounded, sometimes that makes you stronger too," claimed Klopp.

The Chelsea boss refused to answer questions about his ongoing problems off the field with officials and former physio Eva Carneiro but when he was asked whether his team could qualify for the Champions League, he didn't hesitate.

"I cannot promise," he said, clearly under enormous pressure.

Mourinho also brushed off suggestions his time as Chelsea manager could end if results do not improve.

"I am not worried about my job. I am not worried about my future," Mourinho said.

"I don't spend one second of my day thinking about it.

"It looks like you (the media) want to put a lot of pressure on me in relation to that, where you can't do it. You can't do it."

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