Chelsea's journey was further complicated when strong winds at Gatwick Airport, south of London, meant the plane needed two attempts to land, with Conte and his squad not getting to bed until about 6:00am (0600 GMT).
"But I look at Manchester United and they are around that area [near the top of the table] with a team that is very strong, especially due to their manager and for that Manchester United could be competitive towards the end of the season as well". We have to do this. "But we've worked very well to try to have a good game against Liverpool". "We've only had one day to prepare for a big game and I think this is not right, I must be honest", he told reporters. He is also likely to recall striker Alvaro Morata, rested for the game in Azerbaijan, and may make other changes to freshen up his jaded team.
But Klopp, whose Liverpool side host Chelsea on Saturday, feels a number of factors have contributed to the Blues' league position - which is one he thinks Conte would have expected.
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"And I think all of the players, we all switched off a little bit and we thought that at 3-0 it was going to be a little bit hard for the opposition (to come back)", the 25-year-old Brazilian conceded. "He is a good player and very risky".
'Salah is a good player, he's very unsafe, hes a technical player but fast the same time, very fast, very strong, very good in one versus one, very good at finishing.
"They have a good coach, a good identity and great organisation, especially offensively they are very unsafe so we must pay great attention".
"It happened in the past", he said. "If you ask me about the present I can answer but the past is not right to give an answer on".