Tony Cottee and Emile Heskey both agreed that Olivier Giroud should be looking to bully Ozan Kabak when Chelsea face Liverpool, speaking on Premier League Productions.

All eyes will be on Anfield tonight when Thomas Tuchel takes his Blues to the home of the reigning Premier League champions.

It will certainly be an intriguing contest on the side lines between two tactically astute managers who have forged very similar footballing pathways.

Liverpool’s German head coach Jurgen Klopp (C) and Dortmund’s head coach Thomas Tuchel (R) stands on the pitch during the UEFA Europe League quarter-final, first-leg football match Borussia Dortmund vs Liverpool FC in Dortmund, western Germany on April 7, 2016. / AFP / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP via Getty Images)

There may also be an interesting battle going on the pitch between Liverpool’s centre-backs and Chelsea’s forwards.

The Reds defensive issues have been well documented, which were inflamed when they signed two central defenders at the last minute on transfer deadline day.

One of those being Kabak from Schalke, who has started the last four games for Liverpool.

His settling in period hasn’t been smooth and it probably won’t get any easier if he plays against Chelsea later today.

Liverpool Training Session
KIRKBY, ENGLAND – MARCH 02: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Ozan Kabak of Liverpool during a training session at AXA Training Centre on March 02, 2021 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Both Heskey and Cottee believed the Blues should be targeting Liverpool’s 20-year-old defender, especially if Giroud is leading their attack.

“It’s tough for these young boys,” said Cottee, a former West Ham United striker.

“He’s been literally thrown into the team for obvious reasons. I don’t think he’s ready for it. He’s learning on his feet and he will get better.

“If you’re Olivier Giroud, you’re thinking ‘here we go, get the ball into me and get the service in.’ He’ll give him a real game.”

Ex-Liverpool goalscorer Heskey continued, saying: “I’d be pulling on him (Kabak). I’d be going over to his side all the time. I’d be saying just hit me and get runners off me.

“I’d be leaning in and bringing the ball down.”

£18m (BBC Sport) Giroud has been included by Tuchel in the past two fixtures but drew a blank last weekend at home to Manchester United.

Chelsea’s French striker Olivier Giroud reacts to a missed chance during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in London on February 28, 2021. (Photo by Ian Walton / POOL / 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 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by IAN WALTON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Tammy Abraham was excluded from that squad entirely, with Timo Werner left on the bench.

Chelsea’s coach will certainly keep everyone guessing over who he will pick up front.

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