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Lampard vows to play big guns against Pool in Cup showdown


Frank Lampard has vowed to field a full-strength Chelsea line-up in tomorrow's FA Cup clash with Liverpool.

The Blues boss insisted he will resist any temptation to prioritise the Premier League and the fight for Champions League qualification when the Reds pitch up at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea could be without Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi, N'Golo Kante and Christian Pulisic for the fifth-round cup encounter, but that will not twist Lampard's arm into ringing the changes. Asked if he could rotate his players given the congested fixture list, Lampard said: "Cement and go for victory. It is Liverpool, our fans are coming in the FA Cup to try to overturn the best team in the land.

"It doesn't mean I might not change a couple of people. There might be something for freshness of legs or a couple of different options, but I won't pick a team to casually give minutes… (I'll) treat it like I would any Premier League game."

Belfast Telegraph