Jamie Carragher explains his biggest concern about Kai Havertz at Chelsea

Jamie Carragher admits he does not see where Kai Havertz fits into Chelsea’s set-up after the German’s underwhelming start to life with the Blues.

Havertz made his debut for the club in the 3-1 win at Brighton on Monday but failed to make an impression on the match from the right wing.

He is still awaiting his first goal or assist for Chelsea and endured a quiet first half playing in a central role during the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

After Andreas Christensen was sent off for a foul on Sadio Mane, Blues boss Frank Lampard sacrificed Havertz to bring on defender Fikayo Tomori at half-time.

Carragher is unsure where Havertz fits into Chelsea’s system

Havertz is yet to live up to his £72million price tag and Carragher explained why he is concerned about the 21-year-old’s suitability for Chelsea’s system.

Carragher told Sky Sports : “I do look and think, ‘where does Havertz play? Where does he fit into a 4-3-3?’

“He almost looks like a No10 and we don’t see them as much in football now. Where he played today, I don’t think that suited Chelsea.”

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Havertz did not see much of the ball before being hauled off at half-time

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Havertz impressed when used as an attacking midfielder, a wide forward or a striker for former club Bayer Leverkusen, and Jamie Redknapp insists he needs time to find his bearings.

“You’ve got to give Havertz time,” Redknapp said in response to Carragher. “We have to be careful. We’re judging a player. You’ve got (Christian) Pulisic and (Hakim) Ziyech to come in.

“I think Havertz is a No10. With the three they played in midfield today, you need a bit more craft.

“Are we sitting here and questioning Havertz, he’s been here two minutes?”

Fellow pundit and former Chelsea star Ashley Cole echoed Redknapp’s calls for Havertz to be given the chance to adapt to his new surroundings.

Cole added: “New players coming in, it’s a process. The new players will have time to gel. Kai Havertz trained four or five days.

“If you want to shift Havertz in a No10 position, then somebody’s got to go. Perhaps Jorginho or Kovacic.”

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Kepa 'sent a message' to Frank Lampard after his big mistake against Liverpool

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga sent a ‘message’ to Frank Lampard after his huge error against Liverpool, according to Nigel de Jong.

The Spaniard suffered a disaster in the Blues’ 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge to the Premier League champions.

In the first half, the 25-year-old rushed out to meet Sadio Mane, leading Andreas Christensen to drag him to the ground and get a red card on VAR review.

But it was his second-half gaffe that stole the headlines, pushing the ball straight into the forward’s path to slot into an open goal.

It has seen some question whether the man who arrived for £72m last summer will continue to be in Lampard’s plans for the season.

Kepa Arrizabalaga sent a 'message' to Chelsea boss Frank Lampard after his gaffe
Kepa Arrizabalaga sent a ‘message’ to Chelsea boss Frank Lampard after his gaffe

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Frank Lampard’s team have made wavs by signing Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva.

And they don’t seem keen on slowing down yet. one player who continues to be linked with the Blues is West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice.

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But de Jong, who won the 2011/12 Premier League title with Manchester City, believes the goalkeeper sent a different message in his response to the goal-conceding gaffe.

Speaking to beIN SPORTS, the former midfielder said: “The confidence on his part right now is so low.

“You look at his body language. He doesn’t have any confidence.

“It’s doubly frustrating as a goalkeeper as you only have one position to defend – you can only blame one person.

The Spaniard pushed the ball straight into Sadio Mane's path for his second goal after his first-half decision saw Andreas Christensen get sent off
The Spaniard pushed the ball straight into Sadio Mane’s path for his second goal after his first-half decision saw Andreas Christensen get sent off

“When you’re out, it means you’re out.

“We saw his interaction with the defenders – pointing, telling them what to do – trying to get more confidence and show his coach he can remain No.1 at Chelsea.”

De Jong’s fellow pundit Andy Gray, though, suggested Kepa may not get another chance to redeem himself to the Chelsea boss after his latest error.

The 64-year-old said: “There’s only two players over the last 15 years I can think of that haven’t suffered from a lack of confidence.

“That would be [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo – everyone else has had confidence issues.

“I think that’s where Kepa is right here, right now. I think his confidence is shot.

“I think he’s talented, I think he’s a good goalkeeper but right now he instils no confidence in any Chelsea player in front of him.

But Nigel de Jong thinks his response was trying to show Lampard he is 'trying to get more confidence'
But Nigel de Jong thinks his response was trying to show Lampard he is ‘trying to get more confidence’

“I think Frank’s realised that and his mistake tonight has made Frank’s mind up if it hasn’t already – he needs to change his goalkeeper.”

Kepa’s poor performance was one of the five talking pointsMirror Sport picked out from Chelsea’s defeat to the Premier League champions.

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Jamie Redknapp slams Kai Havertz critics after tough start to Chelsea spell

Jamie Redknapp has urged Chelsea fans to give Kai Havertz time to adjust to life in the Premier League before judging him.

The west Londoners signed the Germany international from Bayer Leverkusen earlier this month for a club-record fee of £70million.

Havertz has started both of Chelsea’s Premier League fixtures so far this season, playing 80 minutes in the Blues’ opener against Brighton on Monday and 45 minutes in Sunday’s defeat to Liverpool.

Chelsea’s new No.29 has yet to make a serious impression on Blues fans, with many already questioning his hefty pricetag.

Redknapp believes the questions over Havertz’s worth are premature and insists he needs to be given time to showcase his true ability.

Kai Havertz warms up ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash with Liverpool on Sunday

“It’s a question of time,” Redknapp said of Havertz during an appearance on Sky Sports. “He’s a young man that’s just come to the country.

“He had trained with the club for five days and was miles off it when he was thrown into the game against Brighton. He played half the game today and I don’t think it suited him as the striker.

“You’ve got to give the lad time. It’s hard but it’s hard enough for an English player moving to a new club in the Premier League let alone a foreigner.

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“We’ve got to be very careful as we’re judging a player and already labelling where he’s going to play.

“He’s a tremendous player and he’s got lots of talent. They’ve got to give it time. They’ve got [Christian] Pulisic and [Hakim] Ziyech to come in and he’s a No 10 who’s going to go head-to-head with Mason Mount.

“I think with the three midfielders they had in there today, they need a bit more craft. N’Gole Kane was the most progressive and looking to make things happen but that’s not his job.

“I look at Kante as the sort of player who will break it up and get it to players who can do that job.

“Surely we can’t be questioning him already as he’s been here for two minutes?”

Havertz and his Chelsea team-mates will be back in action on Wednesday night, welcoming Championship side Barnsley to Stamford Bridge for their Carabao Cup third-round tie.



Liverpool fans agree on most promising aspect of Thiago Alcantara's debut

Liverpool fans were delighted with what they saw from new boy Thiago Alcantara as he made his debut against Chelsea on Sunday.

The Spaniard, who only signed for the Reds on Friday, and is yet to train with his new team-mates, came off the bench in the second half at Stamford Bridge.

Thiago replaced captain Jordan Henderson for Liverpool, who picked up an injury to his thigh in the first half, and got to grips with the game immediately.

The midfielder held his own in the middle of the park and continually tried to pick out Sadio Mane and co. with floating balls forward.

Thiago’s positioning also enabled Georginio Wijnaldum to play in a more advanced position, like he does on international duty with Holland.

Liverpool fans were delighted with what they saw from new boy Thiago Alcantara

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And it was is exactly this – the way he settled in so quickly – that most impressed the Liverpool fans who tuned in to watch Thiago’s debut.

One fan tweeted: “Feels like Thiago has been in this team for years,” while another added: “How does Thiago fit so well… looks like his been playing in this team for years.”

And a third concluded: “Thiago looks like he has played for us for years.”

Jurgen Klopp was equally delighted with Thiago’s debut. He said: “[Thiago was] top. [He had] top, top timing, I would say in a game like this.

Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge

“He trained, he had eight days off, then he played for Spain and trained for Munich. He is fit so that is not the main problem and he just has to get used to our system.

“[Chelsea] played a different system so you need to get used to your mates next to you.

“But when they went a man down they played a perfect game, we decided to bring him on and I liked the game a lot.

“Defensively it was tricky for him because we set it up differently but when he had the ball, that’s him, he wants to pass the ball.”

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Klopp praises "perfect day" for Liverpool as they lay down marker in title race

Jurgen Klopp praised his players after a “perfect day” as Liverpool made another statement of intent on retaining their title.

Sadio Mane scored twice and Thiago Alcantara enjoyed an impressive debut by setting a new Premier League record of 75 passes in 45 minutes after coming on as a half-time substitute. Elsewhere, Liverpool keeper Alisson made a late penalty save.

Liverpool boss Klopp believes the win “says everything” about his team’s desire and hunger to finish as champions again.

Mane’s first goal came after a flowing move while his second was after he closed down and forced Chelsea keeper Kepa into a mistake.

Klopp, who saw Jordan Henderson come off at half time, said: “Really good, nice, clean sheet, Ali saves a penalty, Thiago debut and if Hendo has nothing, then it is a perfect day.

Klopp heaped praise on his side after the match

“The goal says everything [about Mane] and it says a lot about the team as well. I loved these situations that we had quite a lot that we chased the goalie. Then, he was close in the first half to blocking him already and he just had to do it.

“I love it when we get the reward for these situations. Yes, you are right. The first goal was a nice piece of football and everybody involved pretty much the ball through, the cross in and Sadio comes in front of his man and got the goal to send the game in the right direction.

“That’s exactly what we have to show all the time and what we wanted to show. For us, it is really important. We only have to show ourselves and to be us. I saw us today playing the right football and it was completely fine. I loved it.

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The Spaniard pushed the ball straight into Sadio Mane's path for his second goal after his first-half decision saw Andreas Christensen get sent off
Klopp was impressed with Mane’s intent to force Kepa into a mistake for the second goal

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“We signed Thiago for many different reasons and only one is against deep defending sides, yes.

“We improved in that department a lot with all our players who were already there before but yes it is something that suits him and it is natural to him. I like that, it is positive. That’s one of many reasons.”

Chelsea were holding Liverpool until Andreas Christensen was sent off for Chelsea after pulling back Mane. Klopp revealed that he told off one of his staff on the bench for applauding when referee Paul Tierney changed his mind from yellow to red card after consulting the pitchside monitor.

Klopp added: “It was not one of my subs but another member of staff and I told him already what I thought and he is good with that. I am fine with that but in the moment it wasn’t what I wanted to see.

“I saw the sending off only in the situation. I saw Christensen’s arms around Sadio so I thought in the moment it is a sending off but I couldn’t see it back since then so if you have seen it differently, then I respect that.

“Would we have won it [if Chelsea had XI]? Who knows that! I thought we were good in the first half so I thought we could win it but if we would, I don’t know.”

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Frank Lampard's response to Kepa error suggests writing on the wall at Chelsea

Frank Lampard gave a damning response to goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s mistake that put Chelsea on the road to defeat against Liverpool.

The Blues goalkeeper made a huge gaffe to gift Sadio Mane a second goal in the Reds’ 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea’s No.1 was already under pressure ahead of kick-off as the London side are reportedly getting close to deal for Ligue 1 shot-stopper Edouard Mendy.

And the Blues boss’ reaction saw him put blame at Kepa’s door for the defeat on their own turf.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Lampard said: “[It was a] big mistake.

“Clear mistake and when you reflect on the half without the mistake and the penalty we draw the game 1-1.

Frank Lampard has given a damning response to Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga's error in the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool
Frank Lampard has given a damning response to Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga’s error in the 2-0 defeat to Liverpool

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“I’m actually happier in many ways [with the performance] than I was after Brighton on Monday.”

The Blues boss added: “It is a clear mistake that cost us, then we have a penalty that we could score.

“He has to keep working, he has support around him.”

Kepa was also in no man’s land when Andreas Christensen bundled into Mane in the first half, receiving a red card for his troubles.

The Spaniard pushed the ball straight into Sadio Mane's path for his second goal after his first-half decision saw Andreas Christensen get sent off
The Spaniard pushed the ball straight into Sadio Mane’s path for his second goal after his first-half decision saw Andreas Christensen get sent off

It comes as former English top-flight footballer Andy Gray suggested the errors against Liverpool could be the final nail in the goalkeeper’s coffin at Chelsea.

Speaking to beIN SPORT, the 64-year-old said: “There’s only two players over the last 15 years I can think of that haven’t suffered from a lack of confidence.

“That would be [Lionel] Messi and [Cristiano] Ronaldo – everyone else has had confidence issues.

“I think that’s where Kepa is right here, right now. I think his confidence is shot.

And Lampard said it was a 'big mistake' that had a hugely negative impact on the game for the Blues
And Lampard said it was a ‘big mistake’ that had a hugely negative impact on the game for the Blues

“I think he’s talented, I think he’s a good goalkeeper but right now he instils no confidence in any Chelsea player in front of him.

“I think Frank’s realised that and his mistake tonight has made Frank’s mind up if it hasn’t already – he needs to change his goalkeeper.”

Kepa’s poor performance was one of the five talking pointsMirror Sport picked out from Chelsea’s defeat to the Premier League champions.



Jurgen Klopp gives his honest opinion on how Thiago fared on Liverpool debut

Jurgen Klopp has hailed Thiago Alcantara for his “top” performance as the Spaniard made his debut in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Chelsea.

Thiago was introduced at half-time with captain Jordan Henderson suffering from a tight hip and immediately set about breaking a Premier League record.

The 29-year-old’s passing was sublime and his control of the midfield gave Liverpool fans an exciting glimpse of what they can expect in games to come

Thiago’s performance was not entirely flawless, however, as he caught Timo Werner’s ankle in the box to concede a penalty – though Alisson went on to save Jorginho’s effort from the spot.

Thiago came on at half-time to make his debut

Nonetheless, Klopp heaped praise on his new signing for his fitness and technical ability as he assessed his performance after the match.

The Liverpool boss said: “[Thiago was] top. [He had] top, top timing, I would say in a game like this.

“He trained, he had eight days off, then he played for Spain and trained for Munich.

“He is fit so that is not the main problem and he just has to get used to our system.

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“[Chelsea] played a different system so you need to get used to your mates next to you.

“But when they went a man down they played a perfect game, we decided to bring him on and I liked the game a lot.

“Defensively it was tricky for him because we set it up differently but when he had the ball, that’s him, he wants to pass the ball.”

Thiago’s introduction at half-time came five minutes before Sadio Mane opened the scoring with a header from Roberto Firmino’s cross.

The Senegal forward wasted little time adding a second as he punished Kepa Arrizabalaga for a mistake to finish from close range four minutes later.

Liverpool’s next two matches see them face Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup third round before hosting Arsenal in the Premier League.

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Liverpool's devastating display proves they're the team to beat in title race

The big question all summer has been whether Liverpool can retain their title.

They delivered the answer in the most emphatic fashion at Stamford Bridge with a ruthless, clinical and brilliant victory which shows they are still the team to beat.

Sadio Mane scored two remarkable goals to carry on his unstoppable title-winning form from last season but it also highlighted the value of re-energising the squad.

Thiago Alcantara was a half time substitute and the £20m midfielder showed his quality while fellow new boy Diogo Jota will have to wait for his debut but his arrival only goes to prove that sometimes just merely having a new face can freshen things up.

Thiago was magnificent on his debut

In contrast, Chelsea have bought big to try and push themselves closer to Liverpool this season and yet all of the old defensive problems remain with their ability to press the self destruct button.

Andreas Christensen was sent off a minute before half time for pulling back Mane even if it took a VAR review and for referee Paul Tierney to check his pitch side monitor to upgrade his initial yellow card to red.

But then, even worse, was another howler by Kepa Arrizabalaga who is currently at the rate of a shocking mistake in every game and the £22m impending arrival of Rennes keeper Edouard Mendy cannot come soon enough.

Kepa looks a broken man, the defence has lost their trust in him, Frank Lampard must ditch him or take him out of the firing line because the £73m keeper will continue to cost them dear.

Kepa made a crucial error for the second goal

There is no doubt that Chelsea have closed the gap – Lampard said in his programme notes they want to push on this season – and yet they cannot do that while they are being undermined with Kepa as the weakest link.

Timo Werner threatened and looked lively, Kai Havertz was disappointing and was sacrificed at half time to bring on another defender, Fikayo Tomori, after Christensen’s red card.

But neither made the sort of impact that Thiago had on Liverpool’s performance. The Spain midfielder was magnificent as he was always in space to receive the ball, pick a pass and give another dimension to Jurgen Klopp’s side. He looked like an orchestra conducting a symphony.

It was no surprise that, after labouring to break down Chelsea in the first half, it took them only five minutes to break the deadlock with a wonderfully constructed team goal finished off by Mane’s header.

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Thiago Alcantara only needed 45 minutes to break a Premier League record at Liverpool
The Reds have added fresh quality to an already formidable squad

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That remains the difference between Liverpool and the rest. They have an extra bit of quality, they now have two important additions to push them on whereas before the doubts were there because if you stand still in this league then you go backwards.

Liverpool were good in the first half with Fabinho filling in at centre half and yet he ran the game for long spells, shutting down Werner’s runs and then prompting with passes forward.

But the game really changed after 44 minutes. Jordan Henderson’s ball over the top released Mane, Christensen panicked and pulled him back. VAR came to Tierney’s rescue, the referee got it right in the end and yet Klopp scalded his bench for clapping a red card.

Liverpool brought on Thiago for Henderson – who had a tight thigh – at the break and he was magnificent. It was only a matter of time before the visitors went ahead.

It was a beautiful team move before the ball was threaded over to Roberto Firmino and the Brazilian’s cross headed in by Mane after 50 minutes.

Four minutes later, it was two. Mane actually played a clumsy pass, chased down the ball and put Kepa under pressure and the keeper’s crazy risk of trying to chip the ball away backfired as Mane then diverted it into the net.

Credit to Chelsea they did not fold and kept going. Werner actually won a late penalty after being fouled by Thiago. Up stepped Jorginho but, for the first time in his Chelsea career, he missed as he was denied by a super save from Liverpool keeper Alisson.

This Liverpool team will take some stopping.

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Sadio Mane opens up on his chat with Andreas Christensen after red card incident

Sadio Mane has detailed his conversation with Andreas Christensen after the defender hauled him to the ground during Chelsea ‘s clash with Liverpool.

Just before half-time and with the score level at 0-0, Jordan Henderson played Mane through on goal with an accurate long ball – prompting Christensen to wrap his arms around the Senegalese to bring him down.

Referee Paul Tierney initially handed the Dane a yellow card but upgraded the booking to a red after consulting the pitchside monitor.

And Mane – who went on to score both of Liverpool’s goals in the 2-0 win – says he knew Christensen would be sent off after the review and even told him so.

Mane was brought to the ground by Christensen

“When he made the foul, I knew that it was a red card because I even told him, my friend, it was a red card,” Mane told Sky Sports after the match.

“Then after, the referee gave him a red card, so it was lucky for us.”

Liverpool made the numbers advantage count early in the second half as Mane headed home from a Roberto Firmino cross in the 50th minute.

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Mane went on to score twice after the red card incident

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And it did not take long for Mane to add his second goal as he pounced on an error by Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to poke home from close range.

The costly mistake by the Spaniard comes as the Blues are heavily-linked with Rennes shot-stopper Edouard Mendy.

Manager Frank Lampard has grown impatient with Kepa and is searching for a more reliable goalkeeper as he aims to improve on last season’s fourth-place finish.

Chelsea had a chance to pull one goal back as Timo Werner drew a foul from debutant Thiago in the area – but penalty specialist Jorginho saw his effort from 12 yards saved by Alisson.

The result leaves Chelsea with one win and one loss from their opening two Premier League games, while Liverpool have won both of their matches ahead of a clash with Arsenal next Monday.

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Jamie Carragher opens up his 'nightmare' Liverpool spell after Kepa horror show

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has revealed that he feels sorry for Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga after he endured another horror show during the 2-0 defeat on Sunday.

A brace from Sadio Mane was enough to give the Reds a relatively comfortable win in the end as they dominated proceedings throughout.

For Mane’s second, the Senegal international managed to close down Blues stopper Kepa and block his clearance before turning it into the back of the net.

It is yet another blemish on Kepa’s record after a catalogue of errors which have left Chelsea on the brink of signing another goalkeeper in Edouard Mendy from Rennes.

Kepa Arrizabalaga once again came unstuck as Sadio Mane capitalised on his error to score for Liverpool

But with the criticism firing in for the Spaniard, Carragher said that he can sympathise with Kepa, who he claims is just in a low period at the minute.

Carragher told Sky Sports: ” Liverpool just strangled Chelsea in the second half in the midfield and the second goal was just more evidence of it. The reason they’re top players in the world is the pressing and they give 100 per cent.

“As players, you go through tough times at different times in his career and you actually feel a bit sorry for Kepa now. There’s a new goalkeeper that looks like he’s coming in so I don’t think there’s much more we can say about the goalkeeper.

The Spaniard pushed the ball straight into the path of Sadio Mane for his second goal of the game
The Spaniard pushed the ball straight into the path of Sadio Mane for his second goal of the game

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Liverpool got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds.

In terms of transfers the Reds have completed the signing of Thiago Alcantara and Wolves’ Diogo Jota is arriving too.

Youngster Ki-Jana Hoever is set to head to Wolves in a £10million deal, while Gini Wijnaldum continues to be linked with Barcelona. There’s a lot to keep track of.

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“It must be tough for him and he’s going through a really tough period. Our job is to be critical at times, but I remember when I went through a similar period earlier in my career. It wasn’t going great and he’s going through his own nightmare at the moment.”

Meanwhile, Jamie Redknapp also heaped praise on Sadio Mane for his pressing game to force the mistake from Kepa.

“Mane is brilliant for the second goal as he looks to win it back for his team and he’s a great example for any player, the way he works so hard. You can’t have passengers in the modern game,” said Redknapp.

“When he loses the ball, his first thought is ‘can I get it back?’ A lot more ‘keepers will make mistakes but this is why they want to bring in a new No 1, we’ve seen why they’ve brought in a new left-back and we’ve seen why they bought Thiago Silva.

“I think the three players that made the mistakes for Chelsea today won’t be in the side when Frank has his best XI.”