Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool ‘took Europe’s best team’ after 1-1 draw with ten-man Chelsea

‘We went to the best team in Europe’: Jurgen Klopp finds positives despite Liverpool taking just one point from 10-man Chelsea as he says Thomas Tuchel’s squad had ‘eight players back’ who defended after their red card

  • Liverpool were held on a point against Chelsea by ten men at Anfield on Sunday
  • Chelsea held on to a point despite one man less in the second half
  • Klopp said it was difficult as Chelsea defended ‘eight players back’
  • Liverpool missed the chance to top the table with a win

Jurgen Klopp has claimed that Liverpool drew against the ‘best team in Europe’ after being held to a 1-1 draw against ten-man Chelsea.

Kai Havertz gave Chelsea the lead before Reece James was sent off for a handball that allowed Mo Salah to score from the penalty spot.

Liverpool had all of the second half to find a winner against ten-man Chelsea, but Thomas Tuchel’s side bravely held on to a point.

Liverpool were unable to take the win against Chelsea despite an extra man on the pitch

However, Klopp took the positives out of the game and said Chelsea deserved a point.

He told Sky Sports after the game: ‘I saw a very exciting game; fast, hard for both teams. We conceded a goal – that’s not cool – but the goal we scored, the penalty we got was well deserved.

“I feel for Reece because it was difficult, but it is a clear penalty. We played well in the second half; everyone thinks to 10 men: ‘Come on!’ – there is an advantage in possession, but not in terms of the defensive structure.

Reece James was sent off at the end of the first half for a handball on the goal line

Reece James was sent off at the end of the first half for a handball on the goal line

‘They played a little deeper, but they had eight players’ [back] with Lukaku up. We couldn’t use it – our shots were from distance – but it was a good game, a high intensity game. Chelsea deserved a draw and we also got a point.’

When asked if Liverpool would have done better against Chelsea without a knockout, he said they played against the ‘best team in Europe’ from last year.

He said: ‘I don’t know what the result would have been 11 against 11, but it’s really good, it’s early in the season.

“We played a draw against the best team from last year in Europe, that’s okay. ‘Seven points from three games – let’s go. We’re in good shape, we just have to keep going.”

The result puts Liverpool third in the table, level on points, but behind West Ham and Chelsea on goal difference.

After the international break, Klopp’s side will resume their season against Leeds United before the Champions League starts again.

Klopp touted Tuchel's side as 'last year's best in Europe' after failing to take advantage

Klopp touted Tuchel’s side as ‘last year’s best in Europe’ after failing to take advantage