Chelsea supporters pleaded with Thomas Tuchel to use Kai Havertz from the off against Liverpool on Thursday night.

They have only been given glimpses of their young German prodigy under Tuchel, but demanded they saw him in full at Anfield later this week.

Havertz had been nursing a small injury since the end of January and only returned for a few minutes in the Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid last Tuesday.

Blues fans wanted their £140,000 per-week (Spotrac) summer signing to be starter instead of a substitute away to the Reds.

Many called for Havertz to be deployed at centre-forward or a false nine, spurred on after Tuchel insisted in his Manchester United post-match press conference that he could play there.

This position would not be completely alien for the 21-year-old.

He featured there for Bayer Leverkusen towards the end of his Bundesliga reign.

In fact, Havertz scored six goals in five domestic games when installed as Leverkusen’s centre-forward.

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LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY – MARCH 07: Kai Havertz of Leverkusen celebrates his teams first goal during the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Eintracht Frankfurt at BayArena on March 7, 2020 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Jörg Schüler/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, the only time he’s been used there this season was away to Liverpool in late September, with less encouraging results.

This could still be a viable option for a Chelsea team who are in need of some ingenuity up front.

Their 0-0 draw at home to Manchester United last Sunday highlighted how badly they need a ruthless striker.

Manchester United’s Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea checks on Chelsea’s French striker Olivier Giroud after giroud collided with the post during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London on February 28, 2021. (Photo by Ian KINGTON / IKIMAGES / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 45 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by IAN KINGTON/IKIMAGES/AFP via Getty Images)

At present, none of Timo Werner, Olivier Giroud or Tammy Abraham fit that category.

It may take something slightly out of the box, like Havertz, to pick apart Liverpool’s limp defence.

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I seriously wouldn’t put it past Tuchel to try something a little bit different to try dislodge the Reds rear-guard.

Many people probably wouldn’t expect Havertz to start, let alone play as an auxiliary no.9.

A surprise attack might just be what the doctor ordered.  

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