Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma says Timo Werner is out to follow up his impressive debut with another strong performance against Liverpool.
Germany international striker Werner was influential against Brighton on Monday, winning a first-half penalty. Indeed, his pace allowed him to reach a wayward pass and catch Mat Ryan off guard in his area.
Chelsea follow up that game by hosting Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Liverpool won both ties last term, beating the Blues 2-1 in south-west London last September.
However, Zouma believes Chelsea‘s new “weapons” – which also include Kai Havertz – can help his side improve.
“They have a great front three, but we also have our weapons,” the centre-back said (via the Daily Express).
“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.”
ZOUMA BACKS WERNER TO IMPRESS
Zouma also feels Werner himself can cause several problems as the season progresses with his raw ability and pace. Indeed, the forward was a target for Liverpool earlier this year but the Reds chose not to pursue his release clause.
“He’s a top scorer. He’s been scoring goals for fun in the German league,” Zouma added. “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.”
Liverpool, meanwhile, go into the game off the back of a 4-3 win over Leeds. Mohamed Salah began the season with a hat-trick, including two penalties.