Jurgen Klopp says Christian Benteke is fit to face Chelsea, who have not been getting the results their football deserves, according to the Liverpool boss.
The Reds travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday lunchtime for a meeting with Jose Mourinho’s struggling side, with the Blues languishing in 15th place after their worst ever start to a Premier League season.
Klopp believes Chelsea’s poor run of form is not necessarily indicative of any major underlying problem at Stamford Bridge, with the German having been in a similar position to Mourinho last season when his Borussia Dortmund side lost seven of their opening 10 Bundesliga matches and were languishing in 18th place by the time over half the season had passed.
He said: “I have experience of this!
“Things like this can happen. I’m not close enough with Chelsea to know the reasons and I’m not a journalist so I don’t need to think all day about why things are.
“I’m interested in the football Chelsea have played recently and I don’t think it’s as bad as the results showed us.
“We have to respect the quality of Chelsea.
“It is a big match. But in the end it is football. I’ve been a football manager 15 years and had big matches in the past.
“It’s always a match you can win, that’s the cool thing in football.
“The better the opponent, the more excited things are around us.
“In history it was a great game. Now it’s ninth against 15th. We have a chance to improve our situation and that’s what we want to do.
“We don’t think too much about the opponent other than how they play and where we can close spaces they like to play. That’s all I’m thinking about.”
Klopp has been boosted by the return from injury of striker Benteke, but fellow forward Daniel Sturridge remains on the sidelines.
The manager said: “The injury situation is better than yesterday. Christian trained quite normally with one of our fitness coaches.
“He is prepared for tomorrow.
“That’s the only change. Kolo [Toure], it’s not serious but he’s not playing tomorrow.”
When asked whether Sturridge would be available, Klopp replied: “No Daniel, no.”