Former Arsenal player and Sky Sports pundit Paul Merson believes that Chelsea frontman Romelu Lukaku gives the Blues a “new dimension” ahead of the trip to face Liverpool on Saturday.
Chelsea visit Anfield this weekend to face rivals Liverpool in a Premier League fixture.
A lot of pre-match attention has been around the upcoming battle between Lukaku and Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk, which looks a mouthwatering contest.
Sky Sports pundit Merson believes that Lukaku gives Chelsea something different in the final third.
The 28-year-old centre-forward can mix his game up. For example, he’s capable of being physically strong and taking the ball into his feet. Alternatively, he can run in behind and show great movement around the box.
“Van Dijk’s pace allows Liverpool to take that risk of playing higher safe in the knowledge he will deal with that ball over the top,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“Lukaku is willing to run, he’s both quick and powerful, and just adds a completely new dimension to Chelsea’s attack, which previously didn’t have powerful runners off the ball and in behind.
“Not many people are willing to run without the ball but Lukaku is, and if Liverpool play that high line all it will take is for Lukaku to latch onto one ball in behind and it’ll be see you later.”
Fortunately, it was a dream start with a goal for Romelu Lukaku against Arsenal last weekend, but this weekend test away to Liverpool is huge.