Liverpool take ideal record to Chelsea for biggest test

Eden Hazard Chelsea

Paul Ellis

Hazard then popped up with a mesmeric run and finish in the 85th minute to win the game and spare Kante a dreaded penalty shootout.

Fabinho, who made his first start for Liverpool against Chelsea in the EFL Cup on Wednesday, has struggled to make his mark since joining from Monaco.

But Liverpool scored their goal in the 59th minute when Naby Keita located Englishman Daniel Sturridge with a brilliant pass, and he wasted no time sending Caballero the wrong direction. Despite two injured players, Sarri will be anxious about just one spot in the heart of the defense with David Luiz being his other first-choice centre-back.

"Let me say it like this: hopefully they don't have to".

The Belgium attacker described his brilliant solo effort in the 2-1 Carabao Cup victory over Liverpool as "one of the most lovely goals" he has ever scored.

"Maybe this is tonight like a warm-up for Saturday and so we know what we need to do better", he said. He still had two years left on his contract.

"It was very intense", mused Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp when asked if any of of the players he brought in would keep their places at the weekend. So I think he has to wait.

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"Eden's growing fast, he's growing fast in maturity, in choices he's making on the pitch and I think, in my opinion, we haven't seen the best yet".

This will mean the return of Eden Hazard, while the rested trio of Kepa Arrizabalaga, Olivier Giroud and Marcos Alonso will return to the starting line up.

Chelsea have been a more attacking team this season under the management of Maurizio Sarri and Higginbotham believes Hazard is thriving under that approach.

A soft start with Huddersfield, Arsenal, Newcastle, Bournemouth, Cardiff and West Ham in his first six Premier League games have helped Sarri settle in.

"He's not alway going to score goals", he exclusively told Starsport.

"We could have played calmer football but it's normal when you make changes".

After netting three times in Belgium's World Cup campaign over the summer that ended with them coming third, the forward has been in fine form for Chelsea this season.

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