Jurgen Klopp has hailed Maurizio Sarri’s style of football, as Liverpool prepare for a double header against the Blues.
Liverpool host Chelsea in the third round of the Carabao Cup midweek, before visiting Stamford Bridge on Saturday in the PL.
The Blues are just two points behind the Reds, with Sarri stating it will take Chelsea a year to reach Liverpool’s level.
“The biggest change I ever saw in such a short space of time, wow,” he told a news conference. “The style is completely different. What a manager he is, to be honest.
“I’m pretty much a supporter of his since I saw [his teams] at Napoli. Outstanding football, and now doing it in a very interrupted pre-season [due to the World Cup].
“Eden [Hazard] was not there, [Olivier] Giroud, [N’Golo] Kante. Starting the season and you see immediately the impact? All my respect. It’s really good to watch. Good job so far.”
As such, Klopp has no doubt that Chelsea can mount a sustained challenge for Manchester City’s title.
“People were always talking about City being clear and completely forgot Chelsea,” he said.
“This team is really experienced. It won the title before, 80 per cent [of the players] won it twice, and they know how it works. That’s a really strong football team.”