Jurgen Klopp comments on Mourinho relationship, injuries and loan players

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has addressed the media ahead of Saturday's trip to Chelsea in the Premier League.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said that his Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho can be a nice guy, if you're not a journalist or a referee.

Speaking ahead of Liverpool's trip to Chelsea on Saturday in the Premier League, Klopp has said that he enjoys a good relationship with the Chelsea boss, and has in the past exchanged messages with him.

Klopp told reporters at his pre-match press conference, as reported by the Liverpool Echo: "I’m full of respect for his work. If you’re not a journalist or a referee, he can be a nice guy. I’m neither of those.

"He’s a nice guy. He is emotional. I am emotional. But we are professional enough to know after the final whistle normal life starts again. That’s what we did.

"Everything is okay between us, no problem."

The German was also asked about the magnitude of the game, given that many have tipped it to be a potentially pivotal moment in the season for both sides, but Klopp pointed to the league positions of the two clubs in an effort to keep things firmly grounded. 

He also said that he doesn't believe that Chelsea are easier to face now because of their struggles - having only won one of their last seven games in all competitions - and reflected on his own experience at Borussia Dortmund when he had a poor start to the season last term.

"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.

"I am not sure it is easier to play them now than last year. Maybe self-confidence makes things something, but to be wounded can make you stronger too."

On the injury front, Klopp confirmed that Christian Benteke will return to the side after missing the League Cup tie against Bournemouth with a knee injury, but fellow forward Daniel Sturridge remains unavailable.

Klopp also defended the club's medical department, denying that injuries are worsened by them, saying it works perfectly, while offering updates on the rehabilitation of Jordan Henderson and Jon Flanagan

"After two-and-a-half weeks, if you look at the kind of injuries we have had, it’s nothing to do with the medical department.

"We will just have to wait. Recovery and rehab needs time.

"Henderson and Flanagan are much closer. Flanagan is back on the training pitch but he needs time after long, long time out with his injury."

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