Ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash between Liverpool and Chelsea, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed how he intends to stop Chelsea star Eden Hazard.
Liverpool need all three points to keep their title hopes alive while Chelsea need all three points to keep our hopes of finishing in the top four alive.
Klopp joked Liverpool will need 13 players to stop Eden Hazard at Anfield on Sunday.
Hazard has already scored twice against Liverpool this season and Klopp insists Liverpool must cut out supplies to Hazard.
“We will take 13 players, and two will play only against Eden,” Klopp said.
“The best way to try to make sure that he cannot shine is to avoid passes to him.
“React a little bit better than other teams did.
“It’s not easy, because when he has the ball it’s already too late. You try to read the game, read the passes.
“But in the end, in a one-vs-one situation, you cannot defend him. You need help from somewhere else.
“I like footballers like this. If he plays his best game, we have to deal with that.
“And if we can make sure they cannot play as they usually do, that’s good for us.”
Meanwhile, former Liverpool and Tottenham striker Peter Crouch has urged Chelsea to do whatever it takes to keep Eden Hazard at Stamford Bridge amid reports linking the Belgian 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.”