Jurgen Klopp says that Frank Lampards Chelsea remind him of his Borussia Dortmund team.
In an interview reported by Sky Sports News, Klopp says that Lampards Chelsea team have some very similar features to the Dortmund team that he led.
Klopp had a youthful team at Dortmund, which proved to be a recipe for success.
Lampard, perhaps not for the same reasons, has a team which has its faith in youth. With products from the Chelsea academy featuring in his starting line up.
While Klopp built his team on youth, primarily due to financial restrictions. Lampard has done so due to a transfer embargo.
Klopp said of opponents in the Premier League this Sunday, Chelsea:
“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.”
“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.”
Klopp feels that Lampard is striking a good balance of youth and experience.
“They 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.”
“Tammy Abraham is now a £60m player, Mason Mount is for sure a £60m player, if not more, Callum Hudson-Odoi was that already.”
“Jorginho is not that young, but he is not that long in the league, and then [N’Golo] Kante, who looks like he could play for the next 20 years.”
“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.”
“Because they are really good that could be a reason. There are different ways to win away games, we have to find a way to find one.
However, that is in the past and Sunday they go to Stamford Bridge to win.
“We go there to get a result, you can’t go to Chelsea and have a guarantee that you are going to win the game, they are just too strong for that.”
“I think in 2016, we won against all of the top six and had all of the problems. Now we are much more successful winning all the other games.”