CHELSEA play Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday night looking to maintain their perfect start to the season.

And Thomas Tuchel is likely name Romelu Lukaku and N'Golo Kante in his starting XI for the Anfield clash.

The West Londoners thrashed Crystal Palace 3-0 at Stamford Bridge on the opening day before winning 2-0 at Arsenal in gameweek two.

As a result, Tuchel is unlikely to ring the changes for the third game of the season – particularly after Lukaku's perfect debut.

The Blues signed the Belgian from Inter Milan for £97.5million earlier this month.

And he scored after just 15 minutes at the Emirates on his second Chelsea debut.

As a result he will almost certainly keep Werner out the starting line-up for the second week running.

Kante will likely take Mateo Kovacic's spot and play alongside Uefa player of the year Jorginho.


Marcos Alonso has started the season in fantastic fashion and it would be harsh for Tuchel to drop him for Ben Chilwell after another clean sheet last week.

Many fans reckon Lukaku's arrival will spell the end of Werner's Stamford Bridge career.

But Tuchel thinks the complete opposite and hopes the former Manchester United man's arrival will spur the German on.

Tuchel said: “I truly believe that this can be a big upgrade for him.

“Having the attention on Romelu, who likes to be in the centre of the pitch and to fight physically with defenders, can create space for Timo.

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“First of all the position, he can play a bit wider than he used to play for us last season.

“And to play around Romelu, who is like the reference as a No 9 and in the attack, he hopefully gives Timo the freedom and the space to play around him and to feel more freedom and feel that it’s easier to find more dangerous spaces and start scoring again.”

On Friday it emerged Kante is one of four stars Chelsea are planning to hand a new contract to.


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