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Marko Grujic taken to hospital with suspected concussion after collision with Chelsea's Bertrand Traore

Published 28/07/2016

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas (3rd L) receives a red card after fouling Liverpool player Ragnar Klavan (on ground) during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016.
Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas (3rd L) receives a red card after fouling Liverpool player Ragnar Klavan (on ground) during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Cesc Fabregas #4 of Chelsea is sent off in the second half after receiving a red card against Liverpool during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (11) and Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, right, leap for the ball during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Liverpool's Ovie Ejaria, center, is defended by Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, right, and Ola Aina during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Lazar Markovic #50 of Liverpool is challenged by Nathaniel Chalobah #29 of Chelsea in the second half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Dejan Lovren of Liverpool lays on the ground as his teammates tend to him in the second half against Chelsea during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Roberto Firmino #11 of Liverpool is challenged by Nemanja Matic #21 of Chelsea in the first half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Willian # 22 of Chelsea is pursued by Ovie Ejaria #53 and Ragnar Klavan #17 of Liverpool in the second half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Cesc Fabregas #4 of Chelsea is sent off in the second half after receiving a red card against Liverpool during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Nemanja Matic #21 of Chelsea controls the ball while being pursued by Cameron Brannagan #25 of Liverpool in the second half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: John Terry #26 of Chelsea acknowledges the fans at the conclusion of the game against Liverpool during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte (C) gestures during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game against Liverpool at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte (C) gestures during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game against Liverpool at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Chelsea team pose for a photograph before their their International Champions Cup (ICC) game against Liverpool at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp, right, and Chelsea coach Antonio Conte share a laugh before the start of the International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte signs his autographs after the team's International Champions Cup soccer match against the Liverpool at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. The Chelsea won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Chelsea midfielder Willian (R) gets past Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno (L) during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas (3rd L) receives a red card after fouling Liverpool player Ragnar Klavan (on ground) during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea midfielder Willian (C) is blocked by Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan (R) during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Willian # 22 of Chelsea is pursued by Alberto Moreno #18 of Liverpool in the second half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Sadio Mane #19 of Liverpool gets past John Terry #26 of Chelsea in the first half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Ruben Loftus-Cheek #36 of Chelsea is pursued by Dejan Lovren #6 of Liverpool in the second half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Ruben Loftus-Cheek #36 of Chelsea is pursued by Kevin Stewart #35 of Liverpool in the second half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Ruben Loftus-Cheek #36 of Chelsea is pursued by Kevin Stewart #35 of Liverpool in the second half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Liverpool coach Trent Arnold-Alexander (L) talks with officials after their International Champions Cup (ICC) game against Chelsea at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
A fan is chased by security as he runs towards Chelsea midfielder Willian after their International Champions Cup (ICC) game against Liverpool at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte (C) gestures beside Liverpool player Ragnar Klavan (L) during their International Champions Cup (ICC) football match at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's John Terry, center, misses a header during the second half of the International Champions Cup soccer match against the Liverpool at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. The Chelsea won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Liverpool's Ovie Ejaria, center, is defended by Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, right, and Ola Aina during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Chelsea's Willian, left, moves the ball past Liverpool's Kevin Stewart during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Chelsea's Willian, right, controls the ball against Liverpool's Kevin Stewart during the second half of the International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. The Chelsea won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (11) and Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, right, leap for the ball during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte reacts to a play during the second half of the International Champions Cup soccer match against the Liverpool at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. The Chelsea won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Chelsea's Bertrand Traore, left, is fouled by Liverpool's Ragnar Klavan during the first half of the International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Liverpool fans cheer for their team before the Liverpool's International Champions Cup soccer match against the Chelsea at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, left, makes a save as Liverpool's Kevin Stewart watches during the first half of the International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek, bottom, falls to the ground as he is defended by Liverpool's Dejan Lovren, right, and Ragnar Klavan during the second half of the International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. The Chelsea won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Ruben Loftus-Cheek #36 of Chelsea is tripped up while pursuing Kevin Stewart #35 of Liverpool in the first half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Chelsea's Ruben Loftus-Cheek, center, is defended by Liverpool's Dejan Lovren, right, and Ragnar Klavan during the second half of the International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena , Calif. The Chelsea won 1-0. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Goal keeper Asmir Begovic #1 of Chelsea is congratulated by Nemanja Matic #21 after making a save against Liverpool in the first half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Ruben Loftus-Cheek #36 of Chelsea is pursued by Dejan Lovren #6 of Liverpool in the second half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Ruben Loftus-Cheek #36 of Chelsea is tackled by Dejan Lovren #6 of Liverpool in the second half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill (4th L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during their International Champions Cup (ICC) football match against Liverpool at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's Gary Cahill, second from left, celebrates his goal with teammates during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match against Liverpool at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte (C) gestures during their International Champions Cup (ICC) football match against Liverpool at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's defender John Terry (R) tackles Liverpool's forward Sadio Mane (L) during their International Champions Cup (ICC) football match at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. Chelsea won 1-0. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Cesc Fabregas #4 of Chelsea receives a red card from referee Baldomero Toledo after a hard challenge to Ragnar Klavan #17 of Liverpool in the second half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Chelsea manager Antoine Conte is warned by referee Baldomero Toledo in the first half against Liverpool during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Defender John Terry of Chelsea (L) clashes with Forward Sadio Mane of Liverpool (R) during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic (L) looks on after clashing with Dejan Lovren of Liverpool (injured) in front of goal during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea Goalkeeper Asmir Begovic (R) clashes with Dejan Lovren of Liverpool (R) in front of goal during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: (L-R) Gary Cahill #24, Ruben Loftus-Cheek #36 and John Terry #26 of Chelsea celebrate Cahill's first half goal against Liverpool during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Defender John Terry of Chelsea (L) clashes with Forward Sadio Mane of Liverpool (R) during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Roberto Firmino #11 of Liverpool and Gary Cahill #24 of Chelsea fight for the ball in the first half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at the Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 27: Philippe Coutinho #10 of Liverpool is tackled by John Terry #26 of Chelsea in the first half during the 2016 International Champions Cup at the Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Defender John Terry of Chelsea (L) clashes with Forward Sadio Mane of Liverpool (R) during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Defender Gary Cahill of Chelsea heads the ball to score during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game against Liverpool, at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Defender Gary Cahill of Chelsea (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game against Liverpool at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Defender Gary Cahill of Chelsea heads the ball to score during their International Champions Cup (ICC) game against Liverpool, at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California on July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
New Chelsea coach Antonio Conte (L) and striker Diego Costa (R) during a training session before their International Champions Cup (ICC) game against Liverpool, at the UCLA Campus in Westwood, California on July 26, 2016. The two teams will meet at the Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea defender John Terry with fans before their International Champions Cup (ICC) game against Liverpool, at the UCLA Campus in Westwood, California on July 26, 2016. The two teams will meet at the Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Mark RalstonMARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has revealed Cesc Fabregas visited the Liverpool changing room to apologise to Ragnar Klavan after being sent off during the pre-season victory in Los Angeles.

The 29-year-old was dismissed with 20 minutes to play at the Rose Bowl Stadium after Gary Cahill’s 10th minute opener to give the Blues a winning start to their International Champions Cup campaign in the United States.

“In this period the fatigue can sometimes bring a bit of going too late,” Conte explained at full-time, “and I know Fabregas is a good man and it is not his habit to have this sort of situation.”

Fabregas, who has been linked with a summer move to join former manager Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, slid into a late challenge on Klavan, a new Liverpool signing from Augsburg. The former Arsenal midfielder's future at Stamford Bridge remains in doubt after a poor showing during Chelsea's disastrous title defence last term.

“The way the ref was giving yellow cards then probably yes, it was fair,” the Spaniard said at full-time.

“In the Premier League, probably you could get away with it. I got there late, he got a toe to the ball and then I was anxious to win the ball. It was a hard tackle, so I accept it and move on.

“[The referee] didn't have the game under control but that's what happens. At the end of the day it's a friendly.”

Chelsea’s transatlantic fanbase got the opportunity to see £32m striker Michy Batshuayi in action during a heated contest in Southern California between two of the sides backed to challenge for the Premier League title next season.

Conte continued: “When two great teams face each other in a game, nobody wants to lose and for this reason I saw a competitive game. I was pleased with my team because I saw the right spirit and a lot of positive things, but I know and my players know that we can improve a lot.

“I am pleased with the attitude today and also that when we played with 10 men we didn’t suffer. Don’t forget we are working very hard with two training sessions every day and it is a good attitude.

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (11) and Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, right, leap for the ball during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Liverpool's Roberto Firmino (11) and Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, right, leap for the ball during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

“The most important thing today was to see the right spirit in my team and the will to fight to win a friendly game. This is the right way.”

Jurgen Klopp revealed that Fabregas apologised after the game for his late tackle.

"[Fabregas] was in the dressing room and said sorry. He came too late in the challenge of course and sometimes in life, if you are too late then you get a red card - especially in football - and that's how it was."

Liverpool's Ovie Ejaria, center, is defended by Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, right, and Ola Aina during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Liverpool's Ovie Ejaria, center, is defended by Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas, right, and Ola Aina during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match at the Rose Bowl, Wednesday, July 27, 2016, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Meanwhile Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic was taken to hospital, suffering from suspected concussion, after he collided with Chelsea's Bertrand Traore towards the end of the first half.

Klopp told his post-match press conference: "The biggest problem for me in this moment is that Marko Grujic is in hospital, because he can't remember anything. That's not too cool.

"Hopefully it's not too serious but of course a young boy in this situation is not too cool. Injuries after games like this in pre-season is the biggest problem obviously."

Dejan Lovren of Liverpool lays on the ground as his teammates tend to him in the second half against Chelsea during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Dejan Lovren of Liverpool lays on the ground as his teammates tend to him in the second half against Chelsea during the 2016 International Champions Cup at Rose Bowl on July 27, 2016 in Pasadena, California. Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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