Champions League: Chelsea defeat Qarabag to reach last 16

Chelsea'old boy Salah concerns Conte Sport- International

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After all, the Blues - fresh from their 4-0 victory away to Qarabag this week - boast a much stronger record - winning 53.3 per cent of all games following a European night.

Another foul on Willian gave rise to another spot kick for the visitors as Cesc Fabregas made it 3-0 with 16 minutes left to stoppage time.

While Liverpool's capitulation in Spain ruined the momentum built up by three league wins, Klopp's side have conceded only one league goal at Anfield this season and the German is yet to lose to Chelsea in five clashes since taking over two years ago.

It has landed in the last nine League games between the two teams and with Liverpool's love of goals and leaky defence this should be an absolute banker at 8/13.

PSG star trio of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappé all scored in a 7-1 rout of the Scottish champions in Paris.

Providing Liverpool do get their tactics right, I can envisage both sides scoring but I just keep coming back to their defensive frailties and can see Chelsea coming out on top in an entertaining encounter.

Most worryingly for Liverpool, they not only boast a poor win-rate, but the worst points per game tally, on 1.2 per game. So we only play 60-65 minutes and we're ready for Saturday'. That's normal because all the players want to play.

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Daniel Sturridge will no doubt be hoping for a recall against his former side but I think Klopp will stick with his preferred front three of Salah, Mane and Firmino this weekend.

"To have only one day to rest and prepare is not simple or easy". For sure, the second half against Roma was bad.

"It's important to prepare for the game and for us to try and play a really good game".

He said: "We knew we had to win".

The match played in Azerbaijan saw Chelsea pump in two goals after hosts captain, Rashad Farhad Sadygov was redcarded in the 19th minute for fouling Chelsea player Willian in the box.

"What I learned, when I was in Barcelona in 2009, was we don't listen to any newspaper because you could think you are one of the best and after that get a strong team who destroy you". I do like seeing him in this central role though.

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