Liverpool boss Klopp promises to field ‘really strong side’ against Chelsea

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The Belgium global was keen to follow Loris Karius - who joined Besiktas on a two-year loan deal - out of the door at Anfield, with Barcelona one of the clubs interested in signing him.

"The only position I will confirm is Simon Mignolet will start", Klopp said today.

"Simon will start, all the rest you have to wait until tomorrow - but it will be a good team, believe me".

As much as Maurizio Sarri will be eager to get his hands on his first piece of silverware as a manager, the EFL Cup is not a priority for Chelsea.

"He has been brilliant".

Andreas Christensen will also be hoping to make a rare start this season but David Luiz was rested in the Europa League game last week so Sarri may be tempted to start him away to a unsafe Liverpool side. It was as you can imagine - transfer window time is one of two moments in the year when you can make decisions about going somewhere and, yes, Simon would have been ready to go to another club, to be the No 1, wherever in the world. Since then he's [been] brilliant.

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All three goals came in the first half of the game from Xherdan Shaqiri, Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah, who scored a drought-ending shot, reducing the Saints to a deserved defeat.

"There's no time to say "I give you that, or that", but it will happen".

Dejan Lovren, having recovered from injury, could join Mignolet in getting a first run out of the season while Virgil van Dijk is being monitored after coming off in Saturday's 3-0 win over Southampton due to a rib issue. "It's not complicated either", Klopp said. "He trained completely four times now and he had a very intense period before that with the fitness guys, 10 days or so".

And the German added: "Good job so far".

With the likes of Adam Lallana and Dominic Solanke yet to return to full fitness, Klopp might still rely on James Milner or Gini Wijnaldum or perhaps a run-in for young Curtis Jones might also be appropriate. For Chelsea I do not know but it will not be long.