Tuchel gives his own verdict on Lukaku vs Van Dijk challenge

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Liverpool play host to Chelsea this weekend, as the two in-form sides meet at Anfield Stadium on Saturday evening.

The game has been billed as a spectacle involving Chelsea’s summer signing Romelu Lukaku and Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk who has returned from a long injury layoff.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he’s looking forward to seeing his side battle against Lukaku as he told reporters: “Playing against Lukaku will be interesting.”

Speaking to the media today, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has also reacted to the Van Dijk vs Lukaku battle. Although Tuchel has admitted that it’s an interesting battle, he also revealed that the game won’t be about the duo.

“I’m looking forward it and I think many fans of football are looking forward to that battle,” he said.

“It’s not only Van Dijk against Lukaku, it will be Liverpool against Chelsea, but of course for Romelu it’s a big challenge.

“He had now one match with us which was pretty impressive and a very good start so from now on we are into details, to adapting and to connecting better and better. The stress test is on tomorrow at Anfield and we will see but when we signed him we knew he was a very experienced player in terms of big matches.

“He loves these kind of games and that’s why I expect the best that we can see from him right now. I am not sure if he has already reached top level, maybe not because he has only one game in his legs, but hopefully he will have a good match tomorrow because he’s a tough competitor and he loves to play in these kind of matches against a strong opponent.”

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