Paul Merson states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Chelsea FC

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"I like his joy, cheeky as well, strong, quick, he's a good player!" We should not see it as a Chelsea thing or a Liverpool thing.

Liverpool fans need no reminder of the threat the Belgian global poses after the brilliant individual goal he scored to decide September's Carabao Cup tie at Anfield in Chelsea's favour. It is unlikely that Maurizio Sarri will ask Azpilicueta to lead in time wasting in the same way that Mourinho did but he will eagerly recall the day.

A Liverpool - Chelsea game in the final run in of the league always brings excitement. That would help us obviously. They want three points and we have a job to do. It is really a very good opportunity for our fans.

Chelsea are still reviewing video footage of the incident, in an effort to identify the other three fans involved.

World Cup victor Kante's passing has been similarly metronomic even with the attacking licence afforded him by Sarri this season, completing 85.7 per cent of his passes in the Liverpool half when the sides drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge earlier in the campaign.

Liverpool condemned the chant, labelling it "bigotry", while Chelsea said: "Such individuals are an embarrassment to the vast majority of Chelsea supporters who won't tolerate them in their club".

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There is no place for this behavior in football, there is no place for it in society.

After the video came to light, Chelsea said they find "all forms of discriminatory behaviour abhorrent" and would "take the strongest possible action" against those found guilty.

"It's disgusting. Another example of something which should not happen". It's another sign that something is going wrong out there at the moment. "If you do something like that, you should not be able to enter a stadium again in your life".

Arsenal have also launched an investigation following an alleged incident of racial abuse during the club's Europa League match against Napoli at the Emirates.

Speaking on social media, Bailey added: "It makes me feel 'wow, if I can't be safe surrounded by our own fans, where am I safe?'".

Hours before kick-off for the Blues' quarter-final clash, the racially abusive video was circulated on social media.

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