Luiz to step in for Blues

Luiz to step in for Blues

David Luiz will start for Chelsea in place of captain John Terry when they host Liverpool on Friday night.

Defender Terry suffered an ankle injury during the 2-2 draw with Swansea on Sunday and although he has been doing some pool running, he is still likely to be on the sidelines for around 10 days.

Blues boss Antonio Conte has confirmed Luiz will make his first appearance for Chelsea since his £34million deadline-day switch from Paris St Germain in Terry's absence.

"David Luiz will play for the first time with us and we are confident about this," said the Italian.

"We expect him to play very well, with great attention. We know David is a good player and we are working to put him in the best condition to give us the best of him.

"When new players arrive they need time to adapt to a new concept of football. Tomorrow we need to play David Luiz.

"He has worked a lot on defensive situations. I'm confident for him. He's a good player and during the training sessions I have been seeing good things."

Provisional squad: Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta, Kante, Alonso, Matic, Fabregas, Willian, Oscar, Hazard, Costa, Begovic, Batshuayi, Pedro, Loftus-Cheek, Moses, Aina.