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Alla Zakarian

20-09-2019 | 18:08 Football

Frank Lampard provides injury update on Kante, Mount and speaks about battle between Abraham and Virgil van Dijk ahead of Liverpool match

Chelsea face another stern test of their top-four credentials on Sunday as they welcome Liverpool to Stamford Bridge. With five wins from their first five Premier League games, the Reds have a five-point lead on top of the table, while Chelsea have only two wins from five and are in the sixth place of the table. Ahead of the huge game against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard had a press conference. Chelsea boss gave updates on injured Chelsea players- Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante. “He has got a chance. We saw the image of the tackle made it look bad. We are trying to get him moving today, I will have to make the call before the game. His attitude is good so he will give everything to play. There was a lot of swelling, didn’t look the best if there is proper damage you can’t do much. We won’t take any risks, there is a bigger picture, we will do our best,” said Lampard on Mount and about Kante he added: “It is a boost, we know the importance of him. The question is how fit he is. He has played a couple of games, but he missed pre-season. Istanbul was miraculous. Now we have to manage him. I am delighted to work with him and if he can bring a positive for us then I will take it into consideration” Callum Hudson-Odoi has put pen to paper on a new five-year deal at the club and about it, Lampard said: “I spoke to Callum in pre-season, I made him aware I want him to be part of the plans. The club have worked hard, so has he and it’s what everyone wanted. It was away from me slightly but I made it clear I wanted him at the club. Now it’s signed it is where the hard work starts. We know the talent he has, I think there is a lot more. A lot of the talk was before me, hopefully, can look at the other younger players getting their opportunities. You talk about Tammy and Mason, it is a nice thing to see and we can put that to bed and start the work.” Lampard’s side already faced Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup, where Jurgen Klopp’s side won the trophy after penalty shoot-out: “It showed that we can compete with one of the best teams in the country. It’s a new game and if you aren’t at your best then they are a team who will punish you.” On the Reds boss Klopp, the Blues boss added: “I respect him hugely and it was a nice thing going up against him in the Super Cup. He doesn’t mess about and quite rightly has got the success he deserves. If he talked about individual players then that is great for them, but they need to use that to get even better.” Lampard also touched on the confrontation between Tammy Abraham and Virgil van Dijk, as well as Tomori up against Liverpool's attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. “If they play, yes. Van Dijk’s performances have put him right up there. It’s a test for our centre-forward. And Tomori has shown a real calmness, but give Liverpool one second and they have gone,” he said. As a conclusion, Lampard said, that he expected that it would be hard to manage Chelsea, but insisted he loves the club and feels at home.

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