Klopp spares players from hair-dryer treatment

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"It's a reference point in terms of what a work in progress looks like and it can take time and behind what we can see now is a lot of sweat and hard work from everyone involved, which is what I'm trying to do here".

"He's been professional as expected and has trained well, kept his head down, supported the team, and the group", added Lampard.

"I say the same thing every week because they ask me this every week, but it has been good".

"From a common sense point of view, if I go in that meeting and shout at them like they have lost the last 10 games in a row because of a bad attitude, that would be really odd".

Chelsea are next in action when they play Liverpool in the FA Cup tonight, but Loftus-Cheek won't be involved in that.

Regarding his selection for the match against Liverpool, Lampard said: "This will be a team that gives everything to try to move on to the next round". The team I put out should give everything to compete with Liverpool, as we have done twice this season.

As Abramovich watches on from afar, still not attending games in England after his visa woes in the fall-out of the Russia-UK row over the Skripal spy poisoning scandal, it's hard to know what the Russian will make of all of this.

"We've competed very well against them and were probably unfortunate to lose on both occasions".

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Klopp spares players from hair-dryer treatment

"Why? Because they lost one game?" It can go either way.

Frank Lampard's side have won just one of their last five games in all competitions, and need to pick up their performance, else they run the risk of finishing outside the top four in the Premier League, and get dumped out of the FA Cup.

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Klopp's calm review was a mark of respect for what the world and European champions have achieved over the a year ago. "I can't comment, this is a strong Liverpool team".

Rafa Benitez feels Jurgen Klopp has benefitted from not having to sell his best players at Liverpool.

"We have to understand that the landscape has changed and try to bridge the gap".

Liverpool remain firmly on course to end their long wait for a league title, though Carragher believes even that achievement may not be enough ahead of a defining period in the club's season.

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