Jürgen Klopp says his Liverpool team isn’t thinking about the infamous defeat to Chelsea in 2013/14, report the Liverpool Echo.
Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners at Anfield after Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip, scuppering Liverpool’s title hopes.
However, Klopp has stated that nobody in the current squad is letting ghosts of old haunt them this weekend.
Klopp said: “If anyone wants to talk to my players about what happened in 2014, please don’t.
“I’m not sure if that’s in anybody’s mind apart from yours.
“I heard about it of course but it is nothing to do with us. It’s a completely new story.
“It’s all about the game on Sunday and not about the past. Salah was there for Chelsea but we’ve changed it completely.
“Everything has changed, only the colours and names are the same.”
That fateful game against Chelsea which marred Liverpool’s title chances in the 2013/14 season still hurts to this day.
Chelsea fans are always quick to remind Reds of Gerrard’s slip and their subsequent victory, but Klopp is very right.
This Liverpool team is entirely different to the one that went before it, not only in personnel but psychologically, too.
Klopp has instilled a burning desire and never-say-die attitude in his players this season that sees them top of the table.
They have shown many different sides to their game this season, from being ruthless to tactful.
There’s also a belief that they can always get something out of games, which is highlighted in the number of late goals they’ve scored.
While Gerrard’s slip will always hurt as it happened to a true Liverpool icon, Rodgers’ side was never built for longevity.
Klopp has assembled a side that, should they miss out on this year’s title, will be challenging again next year.
If anyone in the Liverpool dressing room is thinking about 2013/14, they should use it as inspiration.
Learn from it, develop, and ensure it doesn’t happen against Chelsea again.