Jurgen Klopp proclaims Liverpool ready to ‘strike back’ against Chelsea in FA Cup

Jurgen Klopp insists his Liverpool team are ready to “strike back” against Chelsea in the FA Cup fifth round tonight.

The Reds suffered their first Premier League defeat of the campaign last time out and were disappointing in the 3-0 loss at Watford .

Indeed, Klopp’s men have now lost two of their last three games after also going down at Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last 16 first leg.

While a first league title in 30 years is pretty much already in the bag, the team are in danger of having nothing left to play for this season if they are not careful.

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Klopp has opted to play a weaker team in every round of the FA Cup so far and could do the same at Stamford Bridge.

But he could also decide to go with a stronger team this time with a trip to Wembley and another potential trophy a step closer.

The German and his squad have spoken about recent disappointments and the message was not lost on the players, says the manager.

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“There was no applause. They don’t come to me and say, ‘That was a great meeting boss’,” Klopp said.

“Of course, they want to strike back. This is an exceptional group of players. The situation we are in is special. Who can give us advice?

“We came through an incredible long period with incredible performances, sensational football, wonderful goals, great success – until this point.

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“I am not a little bit in doubt about the character of the boys and I would be a real idiot if I would be to be honest because they deserve my trust, my faith and they don’t lose it after a bad game.”

Klopp added that he would be an “idiot” if he now began to doubt their…