The fear of Eden Hazard might just be the beginning of wisdom for opposition sides, as the Belgian is in top form just at the season draws to an end.
Hazard reminded everyone of how good he can be when he beat five players to score a wonderful solo goal against West Ham on Monday.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is wary of Hazard heading into Sunday’s game at Anfield, and he has revealed that he has a plan to stop Hazard by putting an extra man on him.
“We will take 13 players this time, and two will play only against Eden!” Klopped joked when asked how he would plan to stop the in-form Hazard.
“We have to make sure he can’t shine. Stop passes to him, react better than other teams did.
“When he has the ball, already too late. Read the game, read the passes. In a one vs one you can’t defend him.
“On his day, he can be the world’s best immediately. He had a brilliant career so far, and it’s not over yet.
“I like his joy, cheeky as well, strong, quick, he’s a good player! But all good players have to play against us, and we have to try everything.”
Chelsea famously dented Liverpool’s title bid in 2014 when Jose Mourinho inspired a master class tactic to beat the Reds 2-0 win at Anfield. With the season drawing to an end again, it’s looking like déjà vu again and Chelsea skipper Cesar Azpilicueta is looking forward to this fixture to hurt Liverpool again.
But Klopp insists he isn’t nervous and hasn’t thought about the game where Steven Gerrard pulled the infamous slip.
“I didn’t think for one second, until I entered this room, about 2014!”Klopp insisted when asked about the match in 2014 which featured Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip.
“I’m not nervous. I feel the intensity of the competition. But in this moment we see the positives. Still, it’s so difficult, and if you want to go through without difficulties, you have no chance.
“It’s not possible to play football without mistakes, so you don’t have to worry about them, you just have to deal with them.”