Despite once more failing to pick up a victory at Stamford Bridge this season, many fans were left feeling optimistic about Chelsea’s prospects for the future as a second-half resurgence nullified Liverpool’s attacking prowess whilst also creating some guilt edged chances to rescue a point from the game.

Grimsby should provide a far less strenuous test than that of the Premier League’s early pacemakers but the dangers of complacency must be made clear if Frank Lampard wants to avoid an upset by claiming his first victory at the ground that bought him so much success as a player. 

There is also the added impetus of potential returns from injury for both Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi, with the two academy prospects earmarked as the catalyst for a drastic if not unrealistic upturn in form. Injuries at the weekend have meant that whilst rotation will be in place for the Carabao Cup tie, many first-team players who may have otherwise been in line for a rest will likely start.