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The former Juventus boss believes the Reds represent a fellow Premier League title challenger and wants his players to build on their work from the training ground.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has callled on his side to continue improving as they prepare to face Liverpool in the International Champions Cup.

The Italian has overseen one victory and one defeat since arriving at Stamford Bridge at the start of pre-season, with the Blues having travelled to California for their latest clash.

And the former Juventus boss is keen to see how his squad is developing as they take on one of their rivals for the Premier League title next season.

"Liverpool is one of the best teams in the league and I’m sure Liverpool can fight to win the title," he told reporters.

"It is a good game for us, but winning is not the most important thing. We try to work on different aspects, and we’ve worked a lot. But we want to play a good game and I want to see improvement from my players.

"A game against a good opponent is a good game and I’m very curious to see my team against Liverpool.

"Liverpool is one of seven or eight teams that can fight at the end to win the title. I’m sure of this. "Jurgen Klopp worked already for six months with this team and it’s very important for him and Liverpool to understand each other. Liverpool is a great team and can fight at the end to win the title with the other teams.

"It’s important to work and have the time to transfer your methods and ideas of football."

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Klopp and his squad arrive in Pasadena having spent a number of days in Palo Alto leading up to their ICC campaign.

And they could hand a debut to Georginio Wijnaldum after the Netherlands international became the club's sixth summer signing following his arrival from Newcastle.

But he may not be the last new arrival on Merseyside, with Klopp insisting the club will be busy dealiing with both outgoings and incomings.

“There's been a lot of planning. It's like a puzzle. That's how building a squad works," he said.

“We still have to do a lot of things on the selling side. We don't want to have 500 players in the squad.

“We're in a good way. We don't need to make another three or four signings, maybe one more, maybe not."

ICC 2016 Match Recap: Chelsea FC 1-0 Liverpool FC powered by Bleacher report logo full

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By David Manuca

Liverpool suffered its first defeat of the preseason after going down 1-0 to Premier League rival Chelsea on Wednesday.

Gary Cahill's first-half header was enough for a 10-man Chelsea to see off Liverpool 1-0 in their International Champions Cup fixture.

Defender Cahill rose highest from a Cesc Fabregas corner in the 10th minute, heading it past Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius for the only goal of the game Wednesday.

Jurgen Klopp's side could not find a way past Asmir Begovic despite Fabregas being sent off for a crunching tackle on Ragnar Klavan in the 70th minute at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

The loss was Liverpool's first of the preseason under Klopp, having secured victories over Tranmere Rovers, Fleetwood Town, Wigan Athletic and Huddersfield Town.

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Youngster Ovie Ejaria looked bright for the Reds, but it was Chelsea that was carving the better of the chances throughout the opening period, with Fabregas and Victor Moses particularly threatening.

Liverpool recruit Marko Grujic was in the wars in the first period and had to be treated on the stroke of halftime after a clash of heads, and was replaced at the break by Adam Lallana.

Chelsea sat back in the second half as coach Antonio Conte tinkered with his side, with Juan Cuadrado, Pedro and new signing Michy Batshuayi entering the fray.

But just three minutes later Conte's side were dealt a blow after Fabregas was given his marching orders for a studs-up challenge on Estonian defender Klavan.