Chelsea star Cesc Fabregas dropped into the Liverpool dressing room to apologise for his horror tackle on Ragnar Klavan.

The Blues midfielder was shown a straight red card for a dangerous lunge on Reds debutant Ragnar Klavan at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Despite Fabregas’ dismissal, 10-man Chelsea held on to claim a 1-0 victory thanks to Gary Cahill’s early goal in California.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp watched five of his team get booked and six names in total went into the referee’s notebook with Cahill also carded.

Klopp revealed Fabregas’ post-match visit and moved to cool relations between the clubs after the fiery encounter in the United States.

“It's a red card and I hope it's not a mentality issue,” Klopp said. “He (Fabregas) came in the dressing room and said sorry, he came too late in the challenge.

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“Sometimes in life if you are too late then you get a red card. That's how it was. It was just a knock for Klavan. I think he will be okay.

“It was a normal intensity with a few hard challenges. The players are not in 100% shape so sometimes they can be a bit late with their challenges. That's how it is.

“The ref thought from the beginning he would show yellow cards. I don't think the game was too hard but it was far away from a friendly game. That's okay.”

Conte agreed with Klopp’s assessment of the incident and believes that players can make errors of judgement during pre-season games due to fatigue.

“I’m sorry for this and the player is the same,” he said. “He has an excuse for this. I’m sorry for him, I’m sorry for the Liverpool player.

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“I think that in this period the fatigue can sometimes bring a bit of a late tackle. I know Fabregas is a good man and not in the habit of having these situations.

“I ask for him to be excused.”

Ola Aina will have been pleased to get another 90 minutes under his belt as part of a solid back-four which Conte kept on the field for the entirety of the game.

Victor Moses also caught the eye in Chelsea’s 4-2-4 formation against one of his former loan clubs as he continues to stake his claim for a place in the Italian’s plan.

Chelsea face Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid next in the International Champions Cup on Saturday.

Chelsea: Begovic; Aina, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Fabregas, Matic; Willian (Pedro 67), Traore (Batshuayi 67), Loftus-Cheek (Chalobah 72), Moses (Cuadrado 67).