Chelsea returner’s Liverpool battle will be a must-watch match

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The ankle injury John Terry suffered late on against Swansea will give David Luiz the chance to make his second Chelsea debut sooner than expected, against an opposition that will be thoroughly entertaining.

Liverpool travel to Stamford Bridge for the second Friday Night Football instalment of the season, making the Brazilian defender’s latest Premier League baptism a very fiery one.

The Reds have been a force of nature in an attacking sense this season, giving rival back-lines nightmares with their speed, pressing, movement and interchanging personnel.

Only Manchester City have scored more goals than the Merseysiders this term, while only Chelsea have fired off more shots per game on average.

The spin that Jurgen Klopp’s array of attacking midfielders have put rival defenders in makes the prospect of watching Luiz re-acclimatise himself with English football a lip-smacking prospect.

Known to rate himself as a centre-half with above-average ball-carrying skills, it will be fascinating to see how the 29-year-old attempts to deal with the on-rushing mass of red that will greet him on Friday night.

The prospect for a horror show is extremely high, especially if the former Paris Saint-Germain defender attempts to dribble his way around the pressure.

But if it works, then Luiz’s selection could actually be a vital weapon in helping Antonio Conte’s side win.

One successful run from the man known as Sideshow Bob would take a high number of the hunting pack out of play, thereby giving the Blues an advantage further up the field and an overload in midfield.

But if Luiz’s attempts to counter the press go wrong, this could be another Liverpool game where goals rain down like a monsoon.

With a thrilling encounter in store, we go 8/11 that the contest contains over 2.5 goals, while it’s 7/4 that four or more are scored.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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