Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Klopp admits Salah sub was tactical but defends 'world-class' forward

Chelsea vs Liverpool Detailed match preview Virgil van Dijk in line for start vs Chelsea despite rib injury
Michele Schwartz | 30 September, 2018, 05:54

Daniel Sturridge's dramatic equaliser for Liverpool against Chelsea took him to a milestone, while Eden Hazard's strike took him to the top of the scoring charts. It's just been about keeping a positive outlook.

Sturridge, who has already scored four goals at the start of this season in what appears to be a resurgence of his flagging Liverpool career, continued: "It felt great".

It took him a matter of moments to make his mark, receiving the ball on the left, 25 metres from goal before turning and nonchalantly curling a superb effort out of the keeper's reach into the top corner to secure a 1-1 draw and deflate his former club.

The 26-year-old often over-hit his passes in the final third and missed two good opportunities in the first-half before Klopp withdrew him in the 66th minute as Xherdan Shaqiri entered the fray.

There was however prior reason for Liverpool fans to be concerned ahead of the meeting with reports that imposing defender Virgil Van Dijk was set to be sidelined for the important clash, with a late fitness test leaving hopes hanging.

"I am the same player as two years ago, three years ago".

"Alonso, there's space, Luiz there's a space in there and I think that Liverpool will be able to exploit those spaces".

"He's such a threat still and it's really good".

"We deserved to win", he continued. It's good to get the result.

Hazard's victor at Anfield this week was a goal that will not quickly be forgotten, but his strike on Saturday deserves nearly as many plaudits given the team move that preceded it. But I saw a really good performance from my side in a hard game after we'd lost on Wednesday against them. He wants to score in these situations.

Asked about the lack of goals from his strikers, Sarri said: "I am not really anxious about it and because we have a winger who is able to score frequently".

"We gave them one proper chance, they used it and we didn't use ours".

"It is like riding a bike". It's not that you wake up in the morning and you can't finish, you can't ride a bike any more.

He added: "What a game, a spectacular football game".

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