what Kloop said about E.hazard

The Reds boss was effusive in his praise for the Blues forward ahead of the pair facing each other in a crucial Premier League encounter on Sunday
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard can be the best footballer in the world on his day, according to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, as the two sides prepare to square off in a potentially season-defining clash.
The Reds lead the Premier League table by two points, just ahead of incumbent champions Manchester City, with the caveat of having played one game more.
As such, it remains imperative for Klopp’s team to take maximum points from all their remaining games in the top flight to give themselves the best chance of claiming a maiden crown.
While City face the comparatively easier task of a trip to Crystal Palace on Sunday however, Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea will likely present a much sterner task at Anfield, with the Blues also embroiled in their own race for the top four.
They have been led from the front once again this season by Belgium international Hazard, who has enjoyed a highly successful spell at the forefront of the Stamford Bridge club, but could be set to depart at the close of the current campaign.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Klopp was not afraid to sing the praises of the opposition player, citing him as one of the leading lights of the game across the globe.
However, the German warned that the Belgian forward would find the going tough against his side, who have lost only once in the Premier League this season.
“Eden Hazard on his day, he can be the world’s best immediately,” Klopp stated. “He [has] had a brilliant career, and it’s not over. He has a lot of things I like in football; he’s a good player.
“But like all good players, he has to play against us, and we [will] try everything to deny at least a couple of his skills. That would help us.”

Asked on his plan to counter the threat possessed by Hazard, Klopp added: “We will take 13 players, and two will play only against Eden.
“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-v-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.”
Liverpool follow their clash with Chelsea with a Champions League quarter-final second-leg trip to Porto, following their 2-0 victory in midweek at Anfield.

EPL top 4 race: 5 things we learn so far.

Mohamed Salah’s wonder strike helped Liverpool stay two points ahead of Manchester City in the Premier League title race.
Chelsea’s 2 – 0 defeat at Anfield means they failed to consolidate their position in the top four while Cardiff’s hopes of survival grow ever bleaker.
Here, we take a look at what has been learned from this weekend’s fixtures:
Liverpool In Pole Position To Win Title Despite Playing More Games

It would take a brave person to predict with any certainty which way the title is heading. Salah’s superb strike stole the show in Liverpool’s win over Chelsea on Sunday. The Reds therefore maintain the two-point lead they held over City heading into this weekend though destiny remains in the hands of Pep Guardiola’s men, who have a game in hand. However, Liverpool have now played their last top-six side this season while City must face Tottenahm twice – once in the Champions League – and travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United, all within the space of eight days. That could take its toll, and Liverpool will be spying any opportunity to take advantage.
Chelsea Miss Chance To Move Into Pole Position For Top-four Place

It has been a strange season for Chelsea. For the second half of the campaign, Maurizio Sarri has constantly seemed on the precipice of the sack and yet victory on Merseyside would have taken the Blues above Tottenham and into third on the table. But quickfire goals from Sadio Mane and Salah proved decisive as Eden Hazard missed a brace of gilt-edged opportunities. It was always a tough ask to win at Liverpool but defeat means Arsenal, who have played two games fewer than Chelsea, will leapfrog their London rivals if they overcome Watford on Monday.
United Need To Rediscover Form And Fast

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted Manchester United were “lucky” in their 2 – 1 win over a plucky West Ham. He later added: “We cannot get a lot worse than we were.” In fairness, Solskjaer did make five changes to his side with the return leg of their Champions League quarter-final in Barcelona on Tuesday firmly on the Norwegian’s mind. Nevertheless, United have started to look a little pedestrian in recent outings and though that could be because of a combination of factors – with a top-four place up for grabs, they cannot afford to be slacking off against any opponent. West Ham failed to take their opportunities at Old Trafford but future foes might not be so accommodating.
Luck Has Deserted Cardiff

Teams that often beat the drop do so on the back of some good fortune. However, that seems to have deserted Cardiff at the worst stage of the season as, for the second time inside a fortnight, a pivotal decision went against them. After Chelsea clinched a 2 – 1 victory against the Bluebirds, thanks in part to an offside goal, Burnley advanced their own survival cause with a 2 – 0 win at Turf Moor. However, referee Mike Dean’s decision to rescind a penalty to the visitors when Burnley were 1 – 0 ahead was a major talking point. Cardiff boss Neil Warnock will argue they deserved something from both games but the fact is they sit five points adrift of safety with five games remaining.
Brighton-Cardiff Is Likely To Settle Final Relegation Spot

Perhaps the biggest shock result of the weekend was Bournemouth’s 5 – 0 mauling of 10-man Brighton – a result that leaves the Seagulls in danger of being reeled in by Cardiff, who they will welcome on Tuesday night. Chris Hughton’s men still hold all the aces and a win at the Amex Stadium will almost certainly condemn Cardiff to an immediate return to the Championship but a loss hands the momentum to their rivals. Brighton will unquestionably need to be better than they were on Saturday afternoon.

Sanchez and Matic named in tuesday clash against barcelona

Alexis Sanchez and Nemanja Matic have been named in Manchester United’s squad for the Champions League quarter-final second leg against Barcelona on Tuesday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side travel to Camp Nou looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit from the opening encounter at Old Trafford last week.
Former Barca forward Sanchez has not played since injuring his knee against Southampton on March 2, while Matic’s last outing was in a Premier League game against Watford on March 30.

EPL weekend win is giving manchester united the edge of the tuesday ucl match again barcelona.

Matteo Darmian could make his first appearance since January, having been included in Solskjaer’s 22-man group.
Luke Shaw – whose own goal settled the first leg in Barca’s favour – was also named despite the fact he is suspended after picking up a yellow card against LaLiga’s reigning champions last week.

man utd admits they are very ready for the tuesday clash. sanchez and matic are a major boost to the squad ahead of the UCL game.

‘WORTHLESS’ Chelsea fans blast Higuain’s tame Liverpool cameo with Giroud left on the bench.

CHELSEA fans have blasted Gonzalo Higuain’s torrid cameo against Liverpool, with many questioning Maurizio Sarri’s decision to leave Olivier Giroud on the bench.

Chelsea suffered a 2-0 defeat at Anfield on Sunday afternoon to leave their top four hopes in doubt.

But it was the introduction of Higuain from the bench which caused panic amongst the travelling fans.

Both he and Giroud were left on the bench as Sarri fielded Hazard as a false nine.

Callum Hudson-Odoi was then sacrificed for Higuain in the 55 th minute.

But the Argentine had a tough time leading the line, misplacing passes and running into cul-de-sacs.

His performance prompted supporters to take to Twitter to express their frustration.

And many also questioned why in-form Giroud was left to watch from the Liverpool sideline instead.

One wrote: “If Higuain is the answer, what is the question?”

Another said: “I bet Milan still can’t believe that Chelsea took Higuain off their hands.

“And I bet that Giroud can’t believe that he doesn’t start at CF in games that really matter.”

One tweeted: “Even if we have a ban, not sure I can stomach another season of Gonzalo Higuain.”

Another noted: “Higuain is worthless, Giroud should’ve started and he should come on instead.”

One added: “Giroud. Doesn’t touch the pitch and comes to clap the fans. He knows he should’ve come on.”

If Higuain is the answer, what is the question? — Tess Derry (@tessderry1) April 14, 2019

And I bet that Giroud can’t believe that he doesn’t start at CF in games that really matter. — Rich (@RichRedVoices) April 14, 2019

Even if we have a ban, not sure I can stomach another season of Gonzalo Higuain. — Talk Chelsea (@talkchelsea) April 14, 2019

Higuain is worthless between Giroud should’ve started and he should come on instead — KASHIMAWO (@boboskylarme) April 14, 2019

Giroud. Doesn’t touch the pitch and comes to clap the fans. He knows he should’ve came on. — Cameron (@CamzUTC) April 14, 2019

Youngstar admits he is staying at chelsea.

Andreas Christensen insists he wants to stay at Chelsea beyond this season.
The 23-year-old has started just four Premier League games under manager Maurizio Sarri, which has led to speculation surrounding his future.

The Denmark international has been linked with moves to Barcelona and AC Milan in recent months.
But Christensen sees his future at Stamford Bridge – and the news will come as a boost to the Blues, who are facing a two-window transfer ban.
He said: “It is always difficult when I speak in Danish and it gets mistranslated. I haven’t had a conversation with the club but I want to stay here.
“I’ve said I’d like to stay, but they haven’t said I’m definitely staying. I’ve said what I want to happen and that was definitely staying.
“I’ve still got a long contract (until 2022). I’m still proud to be a Chelsea player. I’ve been here since I was 16. The club have done a lot for me.”
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Kloop describe salah perfect goal against chelsea

Mo Salah was once again highly praised by his manager Jurgen Klopp after Liverpool beat Chelsea 2-0 on Sunday.
The 26-year-old smashed home his team’s second goal at Anfield as the Reds earned a momentous victory in their pursuit of the Premier League title.

Speaking after the game, Klopp lauded his entire front three before then producing the perfect word to describe Salah’s strike .
He began: “The work rate today, again, of all three up front. Outstanding.
“All the boys’ work today was unbelievable, not only today, and then look at the reward for that.
“You can make an easy goal from a yard or shoot from – What was it? 20? 25? I don’t know, quite a distance – and score this thunderbolt.”

Mo Salah’s ‘thunderbolt’ – as his manager puts it – doubled Liverpool’s lead just two minutes after Sadio Mane had put them in front.
It will without doubt be a ‘Goal of the Season’ contender come May and Jurgen Klopp couldn’t say enough about the effort, given he had the perfect view from his position on the touchline.
“It blew me away,” he continued, “I didn’t think anything in that moment. I was really happy.
“And I saw it really good because I was right in the ball line. It was really, really an outstanding finish.”

3 Ways Chelsea could decide the title winner on sunday.

The Premier League top four race is getting tougher with every game! And we honestly cannot wait to see the team that would occupy the highly coveted EPL Champions throne.

Without a doubt, the title race is between Liverpool and Manchester City and we can’t wait to see who wins this close race. Amidst the nerve-wracking wait, Chelsea seems poise to determine who wears the crown.
The Blues will visit Anfield with hopes of improving their chances in the top four race while Liverpool must fight to maintain their two-point lead over title contenders, City.
Chelsea’s major role in crowning the title champions is reminiscent of the 2016 EPL season when they helped Leicester secure their first top-flight title in the club’s history after Hazard fired a second-half strike that saw Tottenham lose the game and their EPL chance.
There are only three possible ways the Liverpool – Chelsea clash could end; whichever way it is, it sure will have a telling effect on the title race.
Below are the three possible outcomes and how they can determine the eventual winner:
·      WIN
A Chelsea win would go a long way in ensuring they make it into the top four. However, it spells doom for Liverpool as they would be pushed behind by Man City who plays Crystal Palace on Sunday. A match they would likely win.

Liverpool is only two points ahead of Man City with a game more and if Chelsea should beat them at Anfield, City will leapfrog them with a win at Crystal Palace and still have a game in hand which if they win will see them put daylight between them and Liverpool with four points and with four matches left.

·      LOSE
Fans of Liverpool are praying, fasting and counting on a Chelsea loss as this would help their fairy-tale of Liverpool winning the Premier League since 1990. Na wa o, e don tey sha!!!.

source: knowyourmeme.com
A loss for Chelsea means a win for Liverpool which will ensure they maintain their two-point lead over Man City. A win is by far the best result for Liverpool in their bid to win the title.
Liverpool would be dedicating blood, sweat, and tears to ensure they maintain the lead and eventually win the title. Fingers and toes crossed.

·      DRAW
Even though this scoreline suggests “no victor, no vanquished”, Liverpool would take the bigger hit because they would only be taking one point from the game, a result that will send Man City ahead of them if they manage to win at Selhurst Park.

A draw will do little to improve their chances of winning the EPL title especially if City beats Crystal Palace which is highly likely.
In the end, may the best team on the day win!

EUROPA win could convince hazard to stay

Eden Hazard may be more inclined to stay at Chelsea and ignore any potential interest from Real Madrid if the Blues win the Europa League, according to Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Belgium international Hazard’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires in 2020 and he has been repeatedly linked to Madrid, rumours he has refused to be drawn on.
Former Chelsea forward Gudjohnsen left Chelsea for Barcelona in 2006 so knows all about the lure of Spain’s big clubs, yet he believes winning this year’s Europa League, and consequently qualifying for the Champions League, could be a factor in Hazard’s decision.
Maurizio Sarri’s side are in the quarter-finals of the competition and face Slavia Prague in the first leg on Thursday.

Gudjohnsen, who was speaking on the UEFA Europa League Trophy Tour driven by Kia, told Omnisport: “It’s difficult and dependent on your situation – dependent on what your desires and your dreams are.
“I don’t know Eden Hazard personally, he’s always spoken very fondly of Chelsea and how happy he is there.
“It just depends on what he sees happening in the future – maybe Champions League football will make a huge difference for him.
“That gives it even more importance for Chelsea to go on and win this cup, if they don’t manage to qualify through the Premier League.
“Eden Hazard is obviously one of the best players in the Premier League, a player with probably the most quality.

“[I am] a bit uncertain over what his future holds, but I think at the end of the season we’ll have a lot of these questions answered.”
Hazard has scored 19 times in all competitions for the Blues in what is coach Sarri’s first campaign at the helm.
Chelsea’s fans have expressed their displeasure with Sarri’s style of play in recent weeks, though they reached the EFL Cup final, in which they were beaten on penalties by Manchester City, are still in the Europa League and are third in the Premier League.
Gudjohnsen insists Sarri’s season can only be deemed a success or a failure once it has finished.
“Results haven’t always been great, [there has been] a lot of criticism of the style of play,” he added.
“You can only judge a manager at the end of the season. When you look back and say, ‘Have we done enough as a team?’

“I think the players have to also take their responsibility, they should all be in this together, but it’s been a difficult season because of performances and results.
“They can be brilliant one week and unrecognisable the next, but it’s been a difficulty finding balance. But, in saying that, if they go on and win [the Europa League], we’ll look back and say it was a success.

Eden Hazard may be more inclined to stay at Chelsea and ignore any potential interest from Real Madrid if the Blues win the Europa League, according to Eidur Gudjohnsen.

Belgium international Hazard’s contract at Stamford Bridge expires in 2020 and he has been repeatedly linked to Madrid, rumours he has refused to be drawn on.
Former Chelsea forward Gudjohnsen left Chelsea for Barcelona in 2006 so knows all about the lure of Spain’s big clubs, yet he believes winning this year’s Europa League, and consequently qualifying for the Champions League, could be a factor in Hazard’s decision.
Maurizio Sarri’s side are in the quarter-finals of the competition and face Slavia Prague in the first leg on Thursday.

Gudjohnsen, who was speaking on the UEFA Europa League Trophy Tour driven by Kia, told Omnisport: “It’s difficult and dependent on your situation – dependent on what your desires and your dreams are.
“I don’t know Eden Hazard personally, he’s always spoken very fondly of Chelsea and how happy he is there.
“It just depends on what he sees happening in the future – maybe Champions League football will make a huge difference for him.
“That gives it even more importance for Chelsea to go on and win this cup, if they don’t manage to qualify through the Premier League.
“Eden Hazard is obviously one of the best players in the Premier League, a player with probably the most quality.

“[I am] a bit uncertain over what his future holds, but I think at the end of the season we’ll have a lot of these questions answered.”
Hazard has scored 19 times in all competitions for the Blues in what is coach Sarri’s first campaign at the helm.
Chelsea’s fans have expressed their displeasure with Sarri’s style of play in recent weeks, though they reached the EFL Cup final, in which they were beaten on penalties by Manchester City, are still in the Europa League and are third in the Premier League.
Gudjohnsen insists Sarri’s season can only be deemed a success or a failure once it has finished.
“Results haven’t always been great, [there has been] a lot of criticism of the style of play,” he added.
“You can only judge a manager at the end of the season. When you look back and say, ‘Have we done enough as a team?’

“I think the players have to also take their responsibility, they should all be in this together, but it’s been a difficult season because of performances and results.
“They can be brilliant one week and unrecognisable the next, but it’s been a difficulty finding balance. But, in saying that, if they go on and win [the Europa League], we’ll look back and say it was a success.