Klopp discusses how he wants Liverpool to 'deny' Eden Hazard

Arnold Nichols
April 14, 2019

England's black players were targeted with monkey chants while playing away in Montenegro last month; Derby winger Duane Holmes and Wigan defender Nathan Byrne were targeted by alleged racist abuse in the Championship last weekend; three Watford players received torrents of racist abuse on social media following their FA Cup win over Wolves last weekend.

"We should not see it as a Chelsea thing or a Liverpool thing".

Liverpool are now top of the Premier League table, two points clear of second-placed Manchester City.

However, Liverpool would still have chance to overtake the Premier League champions when they face Chelsea at Anfield tomorrow.

"It's disgusting", said Klopp.

But Mignolet, who was in goal during the defeat to Jose Mourinho's side, says Klopp has developed a more complete team, explaining: "The way we play now, after six years at the club, is completely different to what it was then".

For all Klopp's optimism, Liverpool have not beaten Chelsea at Anfield in their past eight encounters, a barren run that includes a 2-1 League Cup defeat this season inspired by Eden Hazard's superb late victor.

"Like all good players, they have to play against us and we'll try everything to deny at least a couple of his skills".

Liverpool also released a statement, which said: "The video circulating online, showing vile discriminatory chants being aimed at one of our players, is risky and disturbing". "In a one-on-one situation you can't defend him".

"The best way to try to make sure he can not shine as he is able to is to avoid passes to him, react a little bit better maybe than other teams did".

"On his day, he can be the world's best immediately".

"We are trying to keep this dream alive and at the moment it's all good". Having had two brilliant appearances in the Reds' last two games, he will want to make an impact in this crucial game as well. Football is very public and we have a strong voice, we have to use that strong voice and show that we all think the same.

The Premier League club's security team identified the fans from a video on Twitter showing them singing a derogatory song about former Chelsea forward Mohamed Salah, now of Liverpool, according to British media reports. Of course, one day we will win the Champions League ...

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