Jurgen Klopp burst into laughter at today’s news conference after being asked specifically about the threat Jorginho poses.
The Liverpool boss had already explained how his Liverpool side could do better in coping with Wednesday’s match-winner Eden Hazard, when he was specifically asked about Jorginho.
The Italy midfielder arrived at Chelsea from Napoli for big money in the summer and he has been a huge influence in his six Premier League starts to date.
How important is Jorginho in what Chelsea do? That was the question Klopp was asked.
“Very. How do we defend Jorginho? We have Hazard and him. And Willian and maybe Morata or Giroud. And Kovacic running with the ball like a Formula One car. And then Kante, don’t forget him. Come on! Klopp said laughing.
“They’re all important [players for Chelsea], isn’t that nice? So let’s try to be very decisive. Let’s be at 100% because when we play football we cause teams problems. Let’s not forget we had the biggest chances in that game. I forgot when I spoke about the game after, but Sadio (Mane) and Daniel (Sturridge) – those chances were big.”
The German refused to confirm whether Virgil van Dijk would be available to face Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea, who dropped points for the first time this season after drawing a blank at West Ham last week.
Klopp added: “With Virgil we have to wait. He hasn’t trained so far with the team but I can’t say any more about that.”
Asked whether their first defeat of the campaign impacted morale in the squad, Klopp said: “It’s not cool, it’s not what you want. We shouldn’t be surprised things like this can happen especially against a really strong side when you don’t use your chances.
“Of course, immediately afterwards it’s not good but then you have two days in this case to get back on track.
“That’s worked so far. We go to Chelsea and try our best again. But in games like this you can never be sure you get the result you want, you have to work for it and once again we try.”
Liverpool have won their opening six top-flight fixtures but that will be put to the test in the next couple of weeks as they follow up the Chelsea clash by welcoming champions Manchester City to Merseyside.
In-between they travel to face Napoli in the Champions League in midweek.
Klopp added: “Before we started it was clear that a game against Chelsea at Chelsea will not be a children’s birthday or whatever, that’s pretty intense.
“Then we go to Naples which is a tough place to go and then Man City coming.
“It’s an interesting month, to be honest. But so far, so good and the boys are fully in it and ready to go.”