Magnificent Hazard ends Liverpool's 100 percent start

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Asked about Liverpool's failure to win the league for so long, Sarri added: "It's very odd but I think the important thing is now they are ready". Eden Hazard is a special player, obviously, and he enjoys these one-on-one situations or one versus two or three situations, he enjoys it.

"They're all important, so let's try to be at 100 per cent".

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side are itching to "strike back" at Chelsea following their English League Cup defeat against the Blues as they seek the ideal response by extending their flawless start to the Premier League season on Saturday.

The Italian told reporters at his pre-match press conference yesterday that there was no psychological advantage to be gained as both sides had chosen to omit some of their regular starters at Anfield and Liverpool were still on their best league run, with six wins in as many games, since the 1990-91 season.

A lack of quality cover was arguably what let Klopp down last season, but Liverpool's strength in depth appears much better this term.

The Nigerian has been out-of-favour since the arrival of new manager Mauricio Sarri this summer but the Italian made a decision to hand him a starting shirt in a much changed line-up, having rested the likes of Eden Hazard, Olivier Giroud, N'Golo Kante and Jorginho. It was a hard match on Wednesday and it will be a very hard match tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Virgil van Dijk is a major injury doubt for the fixture after Liverpool's 84million Euros record signing aggravated a rib problem in the Reds' 3-0 victory over Southampton last week.

"Of course, immediately afterwards it's not good, but then you have two days in this case to get back on track".

Klopp said: "Trent trained (on Thursday) completely normal".

"That's worked so far". We won so in the league we will change some players; they will change some players but we want to win again.

Keita and Cahill were among the players hoping to earn more first-team minutes, but neither impressed, the Liverpool midfielder guilty of a bad dive in the first half when Cahill momentarily left a leg out in the box.

Chelsea will learn who their opponent is in the next round when the draw is conducted on Saturday.

Chelsea welcome Liverpool to Stamford Bridge in the Premier League tomorrow (5.30pm).

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