Chelsea host reigning Premier League champions Liverpool on Sunday – and some of the club’s supporters on Twitter have claimed in the build-up to that fixture that Olivier Giroud needs to be involved.
The Blues started the new league campaign with a 3-1 away win against Brighton, but now play defending champions Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard’s side lost both games against Liverpool last season by a 7-4 aggregate scoreline, but did manage to knock them out of the FA Cup fifth round with a 2-0 win.
Despite Liverpool being the runaway champions last year, pressure is being put on Chelsea to at least close that gap due to the club’s impressive transfer window so far.
Chelsea have sign Germany international Timo Werner to add some firepower in the final third and the striker had an impressive debut against Brighton despite failing to get on the scoresheet.
His arrival appears to have pushed both Giroud and Tammy Abraham down the pecking order, but manager Lampard now has plenty of different options and systems he can use.
Left-footed striker Giroud was an unused substitute against Brighton, but he offers a real physical presence when he leads the line and is an expert at linking up play with attackers around him.
The 33-year-old scored 10 goals in just 25 appearances across all competitions last season to prove his quality and is a real handful for any defender.
A selection of Chelsea supporters on social media believe he should get the nod against Liverpool, with a couple suggesting he could test centre-back Virgil van Dijk.
Here are some Blues fans discussing Giroud:
Imagine a Giroud X Werner linkup against Liverpool 👀
— Chelseaista (@Chelseaista_cfc) September 16, 2020
We need Giroud to pocket Van Dijk like he did against Liverpool in the fa cup
— dylancfc (@dylan_s_cfc) September 16, 2020
We need to play giroud instead of mount and kova instead of rlc and hudson odoi in for jorgi
4-2-3-1 vs liverpool
— lmf (@GoatAzpi) September 16, 2020
Giroud must start that game vs Liverpool. He has dijk pin code. https://t.co/vU6ie77PAV
— Taofeeq Omotolani (@tolanisirius) September 16, 2020
Giroud will be key imo in the match against Liverpool.
— Sagnik Haldar (@LightYa94685168) September 16, 2020
Dear @ChelseaFC , Giroud must lead upfront against Liverpool ……….✍️
— ✊ (@Lexii_iv) September 16, 2020
Giroud’s foresight and touch made the goal possible. I strongly believe Giroud needs to play against Liverpool https://t.co/5hYGffHtev
— Adesola (@sola_mide) September 16, 2020
Our best setup against Liverpool imo. Silva and Pulisic aren’t ready to start I assume. Giroud is fundamental for this game. pic.twitter.com/Xqil4kwrae
— Derrick 🎃 (@Yerdas_out) September 16, 2020