Antonio Conte has embarked for Anfield in combative mood.
Antonio Conte is frustrated that Chelsea have failed to sort out the future of Thibaut Courtois with the Real Madrid target worryingly stalling on signing a new contract.
"I must be honest I think this question is for the club not for me", Conte said when asked about renewing Courtois's contract.
"I like to give my opinion about technical decisions". I can tell you this. But for sure the renewal is a task for the club.
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Asked if the Courtois situation should concern Chelsea in light of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil running down their contracts at Arsenal, Conte replied: "As you know very well, if a big player decides to not sign a new contract it is hard for the club to face this issue". "But, at the same time, there is space to deal with this type of situation and to solve the situation".
"In this season, Sanchez and Ozil are finishing their contracts with Arsenal".
"Thibaut knows very well my thoughts about him". Sometimes people forget this forecast but I think in this league there are six top teams and every team has to try and fight until the end for the title. He is very unsafe, very fast, very strong, a very good finisher.
Defender Andreas Christensen is also set to return as Chelsea look for a fifth straight league win.
Conte said: "It was a problem to land".
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"This is not the first time. We must play well against Liverpool". But I know him very well. Everyone can tell this.
"I like to work with these players but I want that they are very happy to stay at Chelsea".
Conte and his squad got back on a plane on Friday afternoon to fly to Merseyside for their Saturday teatime fixture at Anfield. "We must play great attention, but not only to him".
However, Conte did manage to rest a number of key players including Alvaro Morata, who only saw limited action after coming off the bench for Eden Hazard in the 65th minute with the game already won. I don't want to give excuses or alibis and it is the same for the players. For sure, he will be the best in the world, maybe he is now the best.
Conte's fixture frustration has not gone unnoticed by his rival, Jürgen Klopp. I consider him one of the best.
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