Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has fired a warning to Liverpool that they are ready to “hurt” them in this season’s Premier League race.
Zouma is convinced Chelsea can challenge for the League title and believes Timo Werner can help their front line become as prolific as Liverpool trio Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane.
Chelsea will play against reigning champions Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and Frank Lampard’s side are determined to send a message of intent.
Zouma said: “They have a great front three, but we also have our weapons. We can hurt them. It will be a great game to watch.
“Last season Liverpool completely dominated the season, they had a great run of wins. They hardly lost. But this is another year, everybody starts from zero. We will see what we can do.”
Both teams will meet on Sunday with some extra spice in the game after Klopp took a swipe at Chelsea’s summer spending after saying his club took a different approach to transfers this summer.
And Zouma says that Chelsea’s new signings do not have anything to prove and has backed Werner to be as effective in England as he was in the Bundesliga.
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Zouma added: “He’s a top scorer. He’s been scoring goals for fun in the German league. That’s why he has come here, to show himself in the Premier League. I think he can do it. He has the ability and he’s so quick.
“The players that came here are going to bring something new to the team. Kai started great, defensively he helped us a lot. They obviously need to get used to the shape. As soon as everyone is fully fit they will bring a lot of things to the team.
“It’s very exciting. But on the pitch will tell us what we can do. We need to work hard in training. But we have a great team. We don’t need to get too excited. We just need to be ready and keep the confidence high.”