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Chelsea will be up against on one of Europe’s deadliest attacks in Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, and the Blues must be ready to put in a strong defensive shift.
Frank Lampard’s side are yet to keep a clean sheet in all competitions this season, and in the Premier League, the Blues have conceded 11 goals in only 5 games.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has reverted to a 3-4-3 system in his last two games and it has given the Blues more strength in defence, and Lampard is most likely to play three at the back on Sunday.
Young Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has gradually won his way into the Chelsea first team with his calm defending, and the 21-year-old could likely start against the Reds on Sunday.
Speaking of Tomori facing Liverpool, Lampard admitted that he has earned the right, but has warned that the defence must be very cautious of Liverpool’s dangerous attack.
“I think Tomori has shown that he has real quality and calmness with how he has arrived into a first-time into the Premier League,” he said.
“What we must make sure is with Liverpool if you give them a second or half a second that they are gone and can hurt you.
“So those are the things that all our defenders have to be aware of.”
Liverpool’s front three Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Firmino are known for their intense pressing when Liverpool are off the ball.
Chelsea midfielder Jorginho knows he won’t have time on the ball when Chelsea face Liverpool on Sunday, and he has revealed what he will do.
“You have to know what you are going to do before the ball arrives with you, to be certain where the next pass is but, most of all, where your marker is,” he explained to The Athletic, after initially wincing at the idea of having Liverpool’s front three sprinting at him from all angles.
“If I’m only thinking about my next move when the ball has reached me, I’m dead. They’ll be on top of me. So, knowing the quality of the press they have, I’m thinking one pass, two passes ahead.
“I’m glancing this way and that from the moment Kepa [Arrizabalaga] indicates he wants to give me the ball. I’m looking over one shoulder, over the other shoulder, making sure I know how far they are away from me. How much time I have.
“If I am uncertain for a split second once the ball has been played, that’s it. They’ll be on me and there’s no time to think then. You need to know where the danger is.
“Sometimes you realise immediately that you are marked, that they are too close at your back, so you make sure the goalkeeper knows, then make a run deliberately to drag one of their forwards out of position.
“You don’t want the ball anymore, but you take a player away, create space for someone else, and allow your team to pass into the right area and escape their press.”