Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti insists his three star strikers can play together after defeat to Liverpool.

Fernando Torres' debut was a damp squib at Stamford Bridge yesterday.

Ancelotti sees no reason why deploying Torres, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka in a front three should not work.

"We played a fantastic game with this shape at Sunderland and wanted to reproduce that," the Chelsea boss said, "but Liverpool were strong defensively, put strong pressure on in their half, and we were not able to find the solution.

"The right result would have been a draw, but this is football."

Ancelotti insisted: "The problem was not putting these players together. These players have a lot of quality and I will try everything to put them together.

"Obviously we could play better as a team, not just in front.

"When you don't play quickly from the back, you have difficulty playing well up front."

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