Chelsea coach Frank Lampard have officially announced that goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga could return to Chelsea’s first team line up against Liverpool on Wednesday after been forced to sit on the bench across six matches in all competition.
“Yes, Kepa [is in contention],” Lampard told a press conference. “He has been professional as expected, trained well and kept his head down, supporting the team and the group. He has been good, but I say the same every week as I get asked this every week.”
When pressed on whether he is planning to rely on Kepa in the long-term, Lampard responded: “Yeah, every player is in control of their destiny in how they train and how they play.
“This is Chelsea and we’re trying to close the gap to the top, so there can be no one who is relaxed or loose, we have to push every day.
“And try to win the game in front of us, train well on the day in front of you.”Of course, we have to look at the group in the summer. But there are no decisions beyond the game tomorrow night as far as I’m concerned.”
Chelsea are planning for a Liverpool starting XI that resembles their Premier League selections as Jurgen Klopp’s men look to bounce back from their first top-flight defeat of the season against Watford on Saturday.