Chelsea No2 Gianfranco Zola says victory at Liverpool in the Carabao Cup won't have an influence on their league clash this weekend.

Both sides fielded largely second-string line-ups, but Hazard is likely to start when the Reds travel to Stamford Bridge at Saturday teatime, and Klopp thinks he knows what to expect. "What I said was about the free-kick, nothing else". You know me, I don't care about that. No player is not defendable. That's all how it is, but they are hard to defend. If you give Sadio Mane the ball in the wrong space then you can not get him anymore as an opponent, it's not possible.

Liverpool's quest for League Cup glory came to an end as Emerson and Hazard fires for the Blues at Anfield.

Klopp admitted that Hazard would not be his only concern as he highlighted the depth of Chelsea's options going forward. If Virgil is fit and can play, then he will play.

When he was asked how he felt about comments like that, Hazard said: "It is good". "But it would be cool if we could make these changes again because not playing for a long time and then playing these 95, 96, 97 minutes and then playing three days later again would, of course, not be pure joy".

"That's worked so far". But I think I tried to do my job the best I could. There will be different players but we will learn from the game.

Liverpool are certainly weaker without Van Dijk, meaning Chelsea will have a great chance of beating Klopp's side twice in one week.

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"People were always talking about City being clear, and completely forgot Chelsea", added Klopp. It was not a knock, Trent was a bit ill. It already sounds good, and we have to make sure it is good.

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Liverpool were on track to win an eighth straight game at the start of 2018-19 thanks to Daniel Sturridge's acrobatic finish.

It made a mockery of suggestions they would suffer a hangover from their UEFA Champions League exploits against Paris Saint-Germain the previous midweek. It was a really hard task, but I was happy with how we adapted in the game. Tough place to go.

"It's an interesting month, to be honest".

The other boys had a proper session, a good session, and now today is a very important one to use the things we've learned about the opponent.


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