How 'fantastic person' Sarri has made Chelsea players smile again, explains Luiz

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Luiz helped Chelsea win the 2016/17 Premier League title in former manager Antonio Conte's first season as Blues boss.

Brazilian centre-back David Luiz was frozen out by former boss Conte last Premier League season but the veteran is back in the fold under Sarri in 2018-19.

He said: "I am disappointed for the moment they scored but I am really happy with the performance".

"The first two places, as you know, for me, is going to be very hard because Manchester City and Liverpool are a step forward on us. We are trying to enjoy", Luiz told Chelsea TV.

Sturridge curled home brilliantly late on to preserve Liverpool's unbeaten league record but Milner is confident it will be a different story if the attack are afforded as many opportunities again.

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It will be key to Chelsea if Sarri can do this, and convince the player to pen a new contract with the club.

The Blues finished fifth last term, 30 points behind champions Manchester City, but Sarri's impact has brought the excitement back and led to suggestions of a title challenge, which the 59-year-old Italian has played down.

"We've played Liverpool twice and were so close to winning both games".

"There are still areas we can improve on but they are a top team, they have shown that at the start of the season and they showed that the other night".

Hazard's sixth goal of the season had looked like giving Chelsea all three points before Sturridge's late intervention.

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"You have to try to do this with a big smile". It's very hard. But I think we can fight to get in the Champions League.

But in yesterday's clash, Daniel Sturridge's wonder-goal with minutes to spare saved the Reds from a similar fate at Stamford Bridge.

Klopp admitted Salah would be frustrated, but the German hopes to lift his Egypt forward's mood.

"As long as he works like he works, I am completely fine".

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We must feel strong. "It motivates me to get even better and improve and hopefully one day score as many, if not more, than he has".

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