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Antonio Conte addresses concerns about David Luiz's role, Cesc Fàbregas's future, Diego Costa's attitude in pre-match press conference

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Chelsea are off to a good start, earning three wins and a draw from four matches in the Premier League so far. But now, the difficulty ramps up as Liverpool, one of our direct rivals for a top four spot come to Stamford Bridge.

Head coach Antonio Conte, addressing the media in his customary pre-match press conference, expects a difficult game against the Reds and one of the best coaches in the business, Jürgen Klopp.

"A strong match, very tough against a strong team. I think Liverpool are a really good team. They play with high intensity, they bring many players in offensive situations, they are very good. We must play with great expectations tomorrow because we know they are very strong."

"Jürgen Klopp is a good manager, one of the best in the world. He’s showing his capacity to be a great manager. I know him but not much. We played against each other only once, in pre-season, but he’s a fantastic manager and I’ll be glad to see him tomorrow."

Conte also confirmed that David Luiz is set to start for the first time in his second spell at Chelsea, as John Terry recovers from a strained ankle ligament. Former Fiorentina fullback Marcos Alonso is also ready and available, but probably won't see a start until Tuesday's League Cup match against Leicester City.

"John [Terry] strained the ligament of his ankle, the doctor told me after 10 days he could be available to come back. He is working very hard and today he had a training session to recover."

"Tomorrow, David Luiz will play for the first time with us and we are confident about him. We expect him to play very well, we know he’s a good player. We are working to put him in the best condition to give us the best of him."

"When new players arrive they need time to adapt to a new concept but tomorrow we need to play David Luiz. He’s worked a lot on defensive situations and when we are in possession. I have confidence in him."

-Antonio Conte; Source: Chelsea FC

In response to baffling rumours from unreliable news sources claiming that Cesc Fàbregas is on his way out of Chelsea, the Italian boss claimed that the Spaniard is a great player, and one who remains in his plans whilst also giving him selection headaches in training sessions.

"No. Cesc is in my plans, in Chelsea’s plans. We all know know Cesc is a fantastic player, and I’m pleased to see him in every training session with a great attitude."

"If he continues in this way it will be a very difficult choice for me. But I want this from my players – to put in my mind many doubts. We all know that Cesc is a great technical player, but I am also starting to know him as a man and he is fantastic."

-Antonio Conte; Source: West London Sport

In four Premier League games, striker Diego Costa has already collected three bookings. He's only two yellow cards away from earning his first suspension of the season, and his fifth one overall since arriving in England two years ago.

Despite this situation, Conte isn't too worried. And he knows he can rely on other good names when Costa inevitably gets his suspension.

"Diego Costa is on three yellow cards and he is two cards away from a ban. But I am not too worried about this. Diego is still growing in this area. He showed a great attitude in our last game [against Swansea City] in a difficult situation. Diego is a passionate man and I want him to put this passion in his game in the right way. And he is doing just this."

"It is hard to tell your players that they have to pay attention because they risk a ban. Diego is aware of this. It is important for him not to get booked for strange situations. It can happen for tackles and when it is necessary. He is an important player for us."

"But we also have Michy Batshuayi, who is also a good player and is ready to show what he can do. Plus we have Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] who can play in this position."

-Antonio Conte; Source: FourFourTwo

Forza!