Steven Gerrard: How Cesc Fabregas brings out best in Chelsea attack
The Liverpool FC legend opens up about Cesc Fabregas' role in Chelsea's 1-1 draw at Anfield on Saturday evening
Steven Gerrard has hailed Cesc Fabregas’ impact in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday evening.
The Spanish midfielder struggled to secure a place in the Chelsea team throughout the 2016-17 campaign before he played a crucial role in the second half of the season to help Antonio Conte’s men win the title.
Fabregas, though, has taken on an even more important role in the Chelsea side this term following Nemanja Matic’s £40m move to Premier League title rivals Manchester United.
However, Conte made the decision to drop Fabregas to the bench at Anfield before the Chelsea boss turned to the 30-year-old in the second half after Mohamed Salah’s opener.
And Fabregas helped Chelsea to overturn the deficit as Willian scored an 85th-minute equaliser at Anfield to rescue a point for the defending Premier League champions.
Former Liverpool captain Gerrard singled out Fabregas for special praise after his contribution to Chelsea team’s 1-1 stalemate with their top-four rivals.
“I think Chelsea’s front men come alive when Cesc Fabregas is on the pitch,” Gerrard told BT Sport.
“With the central midfielders they started [at Liverpool] with it was all very safe – none of them were prepared to take a risk with their passing.
“When they went a goal behind, they needed someone who could threaten Liverpool in behind, and Fabregas has got that vision. It caused Liverpool a lot of problems.”
Chelsea have won the Premier League title in two of the past three seasons under Jose Mourinho and then his permanent successor Conte.
The Blues haven’t won the Champions League since 2012 but Chelsea are in the knockout stage.