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Liverpool boss Klopp compares “exciting” Chelsea to his classic Dortmund team

By Chris Smith

Published: 11:44, 20 September 2019

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has compared Chelsea to his classic Borussia Dortmund team.

Klopp won back-to-back Bundesliga titles with Dortmund in 10/11 and 11/12, also securing the 2012 DFB-Pokal and reaching the 2013 Champions League final.

Are Chelsea the new Dortmund? Five things to know…

  • Lampard left Derby to replace Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager in the summer.
  • He has taken just eight points from five Premier League games so far.
  • But youngsters Abraham, Mount and Tomori have scored each of their 11 EPL goals.
  • Klopp has said Lampard’s Chelsea remind him of his Dortmund side ahead of their clash this weekend.
  • Lampard fielded Chelsea’s youngest squad since 1994 for their 3-2 win at Norwich with an average age of 24 years & 208 days.

He did so with a core of young, German talent including the likes of Mats Hummels, Mario Gotze and Ilkay Gundogan.

Chelsea have had a mixed start to the season but have seen the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori truly announce themselves, with the English trio responsible for each of Chelsea’s 11 Premier League goals so far.

Liverpool travel to Chelsea at the weekend and speaking at his pre-match press conference, Klopp was full of praise for Frank Lampard’s side, admitting he was excited by just how comparable they are to his Dortmund team.

“It’s a really exciting team, it reminds me a little bit of my team at Dortmund years back when they were really young – maybe even younger than this team at Chelsea,” Klopp told reporters.

“People were always talking about how young they are, but they only played because they were good. They didn’t play because they were that young.”

Abraham worth £60m, says Klopp

Abraham has made a fine individual start to the new season, scoring seven goals in four Premier League games so far and staking a claim to be a part of future England squads.

And Klopp believes this form has already transformed him into a £60m player, adding that he, Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi are worth a combined £180m between them.

“They [Chelsea] brought in Christian Pulisic in the summer, I’m not sure about the money but for around £50-£60m, and all of the players around him now have the same value,” Klopp added.

“Tammy Abraham is now a £60m player, Mason Mount is for sure a £60m player, if not more, Hudson-Odoi was that already.

“Jorginho is not that young, but he is not that long in the league, and then Kante, who looks like he could play for the next 20 years, so maybe he is 18?

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“They have Mateo Kovacic, Ross Barkley, and then all the experienced guys around them, Pedro, Willian, Olivier Giroud and on the bench Michy Batshuayi.

“If there was one club in the world who a transfer ban didn’t hit that bad, it was probably Chelsea.”

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