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Chelsea have a number of players out injured or recovering from injury as the Blues host Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.
The likes of Mason Mount, Antonio Rudiger, N’Golo Kante are out injured, while Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi are recovering from long-term injuries.
Former Arsenal forward Paul Merson has now revealed that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will miss Mount the most due to his work rate.
Mount impressed while on loan with Derby County last season and has been a key player for Lampard this season, and the 20-year-old is noted for his excellent work rate and high pressing which has won his way to Lampard’s heart right from their time with Derby last season.
Mount suffered a slight injury in the Champions League clash against Valencia, and Merson has revealed that Lampard will miss him the most against Liverpool.
Merson told the Daily Star: “Chelsea will test Liverpool. They played one of their best games of the season in the Super Cup final against them.
“But losing Mason Mount is big for them – which is incredible really when you consider how young he is.
“I just think he gives them something extra.
“Chelsea have loads of forwards who are all good runners with the ball.
“But not many of them are good runners without it.”
Merson added: “He makes good runs and drifts into the right spaces.
“He has that guile and he scores goals. He’s made a massive difference to them.
“If they weren’t under a transfer ban he wouldn’t even be playing.
“He’d be out on loan. But he’s taken his chance and it’s a shame he’s injured. I just hope it opens more of a door for Ross Barkley.
“He showed a lot of bottle to take that penalty against Valencia and I felt for him when he missed it. If he’d scored he would have been the hero.”