Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said that Liverpool will be champions Manchester City's closest rivals for the Premier League title this season - essentially dismissing the chances of his side, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
Cesc Fabregas is is closing in on a return from what Sarri describes as an "unusual injury" from just below his knee.
Chelsea defender David Luiz has claimed that Maurizio Sarri's attitude towards life is the reason why the Italian is enjoying his time on and off the pitch.
The Blues head into the game looking to continue their fine start to the season, after winning four from four.
However, Ruben Loftus-Cheek is one player who returned back from the worldwide break injured.
"Mentally the match after the (international) break it is very hard; materially because we will play against a very physical team", he said.
Chelsea star Reuben Loftus-Cheek has been ruled out of action for about two weeks after picking up a foot injury in England's 1-0 win over Switzerland in an global friendly encounter.
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"These kinds of players give a different story about Chelsea than the way we knew Chelsea before". Apart from that, the Spanish forward Alvaro Morata is also expected to be left out of the squad due to off form and former Arsenal man Olivier Giroud can replace following his good performance in the worldwide break for his country.
Josh Murphy is the only other doubt, as he recovers from a knock.
Azpilicueta has captained Chelsea so far this season, but that may not be an indication that he's Sarri's number one choice.
The Blues went into the break following a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth, with Pedro and Eden Hazard getting on the scoresheet.
"It is very hard materially, it is important to win every ball, to play and have good positions and distributions".
"I think Federation Internationale de Football Association has to change something for the national teams, because with four or five worldwide breaks it is very hard for us".