Chelsea will be more confident ahead of their Premier League clash against Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday night with the potential return of Nicolas Jackson. The Blues will need their first-choice striker to pose any serious threat.
The Senegalese forward was a few minutes away from progressing to the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals but hosts Ivory Coast equalized in the 86th minute before winning the game on penalties to shatter the defending champions’ dream of back-to-back triumph. Chelsea, however, will somewhat be excited with that result as the striker will be available to help reduce their attacking worries.
While Jackson was on international duty, Mauricio Pochettino deployed Armando Broja and tried using Cole Palmer as a false 9, but it didn’t really work out. Chelsea drew 0-0 against Aston Villa in the FA Cup and spurned good chances to grasp a win.
Although Jackson has not been clinical enough in front of goal, the forward already has seven Premier League goals and two assists in 19 games in his debut season.
Jackson’s return means Chelsea may no longer have to worry about who the focal point of their attack will be against Liverpool.
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