HAZARD BEATS RECORD HELD BY LAMPARD AND CRISTIANO RONALDO

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Chelsea star Eden Hazard has been once again shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year award, which takes his total number of nominations to five.

Hazard was part of a six-man shortlist which includes Sadio Mane, Virgil van Dijk, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva.

Hazard was nominated for the award after being directly involved in 28 goals – 16 goals & 12 assists – this season, more than any player in English top flight so far.

Hazard’s PFA 5th PFA Player of the Year nomination means he has more PFA Player of the Year nominations that Cristiano Ronaldo and Frank Lampard.

The only two players who have been shortlisted more often since 2000 are Thierry Henry and Steven Gerrard.

Meanwhile former Chelsea boss Glenn Hoddle has admitted he is baffled by some of Maurizio Sarri’s decisions so far this season especially his decision to play Eden Hazard as a false nine on several occasions this season.

In Chelsea’s 2-0 defeat at Anfield, Sarri again opted to use Hazard as a false nine and the Belgian struggled to make an impact until he was moved to his natural left wing position after Liverpool had taken a 2-0 lead.

Hoddle told BT Sport: “Absolutely (fans will be happy to see him wide), I just don’t get it, why would you put such a talented player with his back to play?

“Where centre backs will come in and get him, midfielders who are holding are going to nip back get him. Why would you put him in those circumstances?

“Also at Anfield and certain games you need someone to hold the ball up for you. Consequently Liverpool had too much for them. I don’t get it… they need a target man. You can’t play balls to Hazard, one of the best players in the world, like that. No one is going to be able to produce anything with service like that.”

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