Ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League clash away at Liverpool on Sunday, Martin Keown has expressed concern over Chelsea’s poor away form in the Premier League.
According to Keown, Chelsea’s away form is as bad as Arsenal’s away form. Both clubs have lost six games this season in the Premier League away from home.
“Liverpool against Chelsea is a classic encounter in English football,” Keown told Daily Mail.
“This is teed up to be the match of the weekend and Manchester City will be hoping the Londoners can do them a favour. But City will also remember how they put six past Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in February.
“Everyone this season has focused on how awful Arsenal have been away from home, but Chelsea have suffered just as many losses on the road as them.
“Both Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri have lost six apiece away from home in the league. Still, City have to hope Chelsea can help them out on Sunday.
“With Eden Hazard, anything is possible. The Belgian was sublime against West Ham at Stamford Bridge on Monday. If he was auditioning for Real Madrid, then he earned the part.
“It was an absolutely fantastic performance. He scored a stellar goal and showed off his vast array of talents. Hazard is currently playing with a sense of freedom and with a smile on his face. I’m not sure we’ve seen that too often in the past. Chelsea will be desperate to keep him at all costs.”
Meanwhile, former Liverpool and Tottenham striker Peter Crouch has urged Chelsea to keep Eden Hazard at all costs. The 28-year-old Belgian captain has been linked with a summer move to Real Madrid.
“I watched Hazard dance his way around West Ham’s defenders on Monday night and, once again, he had me out of my seat. It looks amazing on TV but, believe me, to do something like he did at Stamford Bridge gets even more appreciation from those within the game,” Crouch told Daily Mail.
“The speed, the pace, the electric burst through tight spaces and the finish were just breathtaking. He is not as consistent as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of scoring goals but he really isn’t far behind when it comes to natural ability.
“Jurgen Klopp described him this week as ‘one of the world’s best’ and with a transfer ban looming there would be no way of filling that gap. The Premier League would be poorer without him but the impact on Chelsea would be huge.
“They should give him whatever he wants to keep him. Chelsea are fighting for a top-four place on the back of what Hazard has done.
“He has provided the light for their supporters in this difficult 12 months. If he goes the light for many fans will go out.”