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Kepa Arrizabalaga’s stunning saves for Chelsea against Liverpool praised by Gary Lineker

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has had a tough few weeks of late.

Frank Lampard insists that the 25-year-old is in his long-term planning for Chelsea, and he took his place back for the FA Cup fifth round tie against Liverpool in West London.

He was quickly called into action, gathering a shot from Sadio Mane in the first few minutes of action following a mistake in defence from Antonio Rudiger.

And after Chelsea took the lead thanks to a howler from Kepa’s compatriot Adrian, the Chelsea star made his defining intervention of the first half.

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A cross was partially cleared by Cesar Azpilicueta to Takumi Minamino, who saw his shot blocked. The ball fell to Mane just a couple of yards out with Kepa diving to smother at his feet.

The rebound then fell to Divock Origi, with Kepa standing up smartly to block another shot with his arm.

The ball then fell to Liverpool midfielder Curtis Jones, and Kepa again spread himself to make a big save in front of a roaring Matthew Harding Stand.

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker was quick to praise the Chelsea star on Twitter following his stunning display.

The Spanish star has been out of the team lately following a poor run of form, with Willy Caballero drafted in by Lampard for the last three Premier League games as well as the Champions League fixture against Bayern Munich.

There have even been rumours that the former Athletic Bilbao keeper could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge, with this the second time in two seasons that a Chelsea manager has dropped him.

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