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How Chelsea's former players are indirectly influencing the Blues Premier League title aspirations

Former Chelsea defender, Kurt Zouma scored a goal and helped West Ham hang on to claim a 3-2 victory over Liverpool in a Premier League thriller on Sunday. Zouma's goal-scoring performance is one of several instances a former Chelsea player has indirectly influenced the blues' title aspirations as West Ham's win means Liverpool failed to take advantage of Premier League leader's draw against Burnley.

Manchester City and Liverpool are Chelsea's biggest rivals for the trophies. When both teams played each other last month, it was ex-Chelsea players who took to the centre stage to ensure that both teams dropped points on the day.

Mohamed Salah scored and assisted for Liverpool while Kevin De Bruyne scored for City as the match ended in a 2-2 draw. Chelsea, on the other hand, defeated Southampton 3-1 that same weekend to pull clear of both teams at the top of the table for the first time this season. Chelsea have remained top of the league ever since that weekend.

**Salah (l) and De Bruyne (r)

Apart from the match between both clubs and against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City have failed to win a Premier League game only three other times this season. Remarkably, two of these games for both clubs have involved Chelsea's former or loan players.

Manchester City's other three games where they have dropped points this season were in the matches against Tottenham, Southampton and Crystal Palace.

In City's game against Southampton, former Chelsea player and academy graduate, Valentino Livramento starred in the Saints' defence to prevent the champions from scoring in the goalless draw.

As for the 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace just over a week ago, Chelsea's loan player, Conor Gallagher scored a goal and assisted the other to condemn City to the defeat while another former Chelsea player and academy graduate, Marc Guehi kept a clean sheet for Palace in the centre of the defence. Gallagher was also the official Man of the Match award winner after the game.

**Gallagher celebrates his goal against Manchester City

Liverpool, on the other hand, also dropped points against Brentford, Brighton and West Ham (apart for their matches against City and Chelsea).

Former Chelsea player and academy graduate, Tariq Lamptey was involved for Brighton in their 2-2 draw against Liverpool as he came off the bench of help see out the game. This happened just two weekends ago.

On Sunday evening, Kurt Zouma became the latest former Chelsea player to aid his former club's title aspirations by performing well in a game against one of Chelsea's title rivals.

The blues are currently seated 3 points clear at the top of the table and they have former (and loan) players to thank for the roles they have played in ensuring this. Thomas Tuchel will be hoping to lift the EPL trophy in his first full season as Chelsea's manager and he surely won't mind if more help comes from former players of the club during the course of the season.

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