Yet the Reds’ manager also acknowledged on Friday that they would have to defend better in the visit to Stamford Bridge to stop Eden Hazard reprising the sort of solo brilliance that propelled Chelsea to victory at Anfield on Wednesday, Reuters reported.
“It’s not cool, it’s not what you want because it’s not what we’re going for, but I don’t think it’s impacted the mood,” said Klopp, reflecting on Chelsea’s 2-1 win which was secured with Hazard’s late virtuoso effort.
“We’ve had two days to fight back on track and I’d say that’s worked. For sure, there’s added motivation. We want to strike back, it’s sport. Fighting back is a duty in sport.
“It will be tough, it will be intense. It’s a big one, Chelsea vs. Liverpool, but our best preparation was the Wednesday game. We’ll try to use our information from that match to do better.”
Wednesday’s loss was Liverpool’s first blemish after a spotless start to the season which had seen the Reds open up a two-point lead over unbeaten Chelsea at the top of the league after six straight wins. They also beat Paris St. Germain in the Champions League.
Liverpool had been on top and leading Chelsea 1-0 when undone by an Emerson equalizer and then one of the goals of the season from Hazard, who cut inside from the right flank, sliced through Liverpool’s defense and fired in from a narrow angle.
It was a great goal but one which Klopp felt should have been cut out at source by Liverpool’s rearguard.
“We all know we could have defended that goal he scored. Yes, he did well but we had three challenges. We have to make sure we close the right spaces... No player is not defendable.”