Lampard updates on Werner and Pulisic injuries ahead of Liverpool clash

Frank Lampard says Timo Werner should be fit for Sunday's crunch clash with Liverpool but doubts remain over Christian Pulisic.

Werner played the full 90 minutes as he made his competitive debut for the club in the win over Brighton on Monday night.

The German striker failed to get on the scoresheet but did win Chelsea a penalty to help them break the deadlock.

He suffered a minor injury in the collision with Brighton keeper Matt Ryan, but Lampard is not concerned it will keep him out of the showdown with Liverpool.

"He is one who has had some games, he has a bit of fitness, and you could see that," Lampard said.

"He took a knock when he won the penalty which we hope is a dead leg. I would like to think if it is that we have a bit of time to get him back [for the Liverpool game]."

The Blues were without the talents of Pulisic for their trip to the Amex Stadium, as the American is still continuing his rehabilitation from an injury sustained in last month's FA Cup final.

Pulisic was one of Chelsea's standout players following Project Restart and gave Liverpool all manner of problems in the meeting between the sides at Anfield.

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Chelsea have been active this summer, signing Kai Havertz, Timo Werner, Ben Chilwell, Hakim Ziyech, Malang Sarr and Thiago Silva.

However, one player who continues to be linked with the Blues is West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice.

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But Lampard is unsure whether the forward will play any part at Stamford Bridge at the weekend.

"Christian was training with us last week but he had a bit of discomfort a couple of days ago when he was trying to be in contention for today," Lampard said after the match.

"It would have been a big ask for today and he has had to take a few steps back and we will have to see."

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While Chelsea eventually looked comfortable as they headed to victory, Lampard admitted his players are not at the level of conditioning he would like.

"A lot of players are not fully fit at the moment and that is just the way it is," he added. "I thought they dealt with the rigors of the game very well in terms of how tough it is to come to Brighton when you are not quite there."

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