Chelsea In High Spirits Ahead Of Liverpool Clash As Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard And Co Train In The Sunshine

Chelsea currently lie in fifth and face a battle to qualify for the Champions League 

Chelsea prepared for Sunday’s showdown with Liverpool in the sunshine as Antonio Conte put his side through their paces. 

Last season’s champions face a battle to make the top four and must beat Liverpool to have a chance.

The Blues seemed in high spirits as they set to work at their Cobham training ground on Friday afternoon.

Chelsea players Andreas Christensen, Ross Barkley, N'Golo Kante, Willy Caballero, Willian and Emerson Palmieri (left-right) were in high spirits in training on Friday

Conte watched on as his side performed a number of drills and a few of the players found time to pose for a photo.

By Sunday the outlook will be far more serious at Stamford Bridge and a familiar face will be returning.

Mo Salah never made the grade at Chelsea and has since gone on to enjoy an incredible season with the Reds after his stint with Roma.

Conte denied having anything to do with the decision to let Salah go:  ‘My decision? No, no, no,’ he said.

‘I have never spoken about Salah because I think the situation was clear. Was very, very clear. No one asked me about him.

He then laughed: ‘No, I don’t want to take this responsibility. If you put also this on me, I’m in trouble… Put that on the person who has to take the responsibility.’

‘I think this season, for Salah, is a fantastic season. For sure we are talking about a really good player. I knew him when he played in Italy. But to wait for this type of season… it would be very difficult to predict this type of season for Salah.

‘We are talking about a player with specific characteristics: good technique, and also very fast. But this season I’m seeing him very clinical. Every opportunity, every chance he has, he is taking them very well,’ Conte added.

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