German-born to Ghanaian parents, the 19-year-old striker has made it no secret that he would love to be on the same pitch as fellow Black Stars' player Essien - who is widely regarded to be the best player ever to have come from the African country.
The 29-year-old midfielder featured in all 120 minutes of Chelsea's epic Champions League clash against Napoli midweek and Schlupp is hopeful that Essien makes the line-up, despite only recently coming back from a long lay-off and having played just days before.
Schlupp told reporters: "He is someone I look up to. He is a well-respected player, the national captain and an idol in Ghana so I would love to play against him. To play against someone like him would be an achievement.
"I also look forward to playing with him at some point too.
"He is a great player, but there are a lot of great players in the Chelsea team."
Even if Essien doesn't make interim boss Roberto Di Matteo's squad then Schlupp won't be overly disappointed as being involved in a game of this stature shows to him just how far he has come.
He added: "Chelsea have always been one of the best teams in the country, they have great players. I would be chuffed to be involved in a game like that.
"They are all great players. To be playing against players like that at my age is a great achievement. I am looking forward to it and hopefully I will be involved and we can beat them.
"It will be one of the biggest games I have been involved in if I am selected."