Chelsea will face a double-header against Liverpool this week after been halted in their 100% start in a goalless draw away to West Ham on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri has admitted that it would take him at least 12 months to move his side to Liverpool’s level.
Chelsea now sit third on the Premier League table and will proceed on a midweek trip to face Liverpool at Anfield in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday
It is expected that both sides will lineup with much-changed teams as they’ll also meet at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday.
Sarri is trying to implement his footballing ideology at Stamford Bridge after joining in the summer but admitted that Jurgen Klopp’s men are more of the finished article than his side.
Speaking ahead of the game next Saturday, the Italian tactician said:
“We have to play against a very, very good team,”
“Against a team who have worked with the same coach for three or four seasons [Klopp joined in October 2015, with this his fourth campaign in charge].
“They are a step ahead of us at this moment. We have started to work all together only about 40 days ago, less 10 for the international break, so for us it’s a bit early. We have to work then, maybe, in one year we will be at the same level as Liverpool.
“We need to move the ball quicker, I think. We need more movement without the ball. We are improving in the defensive phase. In the last two or three matches we’ve done very well. But we have to improve in the offensive phase, especially in this kind of match.”
When asked if it might be easier to break down a Liverpool side who would be keen to attack the Blues as against West Ham’s who adopted a conservative approach, he said:
“I don’t think so. Easy, against [Mohamed] Salah, [Roberto] Firmino and [Sadio] Mané? I think is impossible. It will be really a very difficult match. Maybe a spectacular match but, for us, very difficult.”
He hinted that there might be many changes in his side for the Carabao Cup encounter on Wednesday. He added that he could make 5 changes or 11 changes to his team for the game.