English Premier League match report Chelsea v Liverpool 29 September 2018

Joel Matip of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park

Eden Hazard believes Chelsea can mount a title challenge after coming through two Liverpool games without tasting defeat.

With performances like the one he put in in the Liverpool match, Chelsea fans must be hoping that the day may never come.

But, as the clock ticked down, Sturridge had the final say - bending a lovely strike into the top corner from 30 yards.

"He's fantastic football player, he had a full preseason and he's in the best shape since I've known him".

Liverpool trailed late on against the Blues 1-0 at Stamford Bridge, with Eden Hazard's first-half goal the difference after multiple chances were squandered by the Reds.

Not only will the two XIs that we can expect to take to the Stamford Bridge pitch in the upcoming league game be starkly different to those that started the cup fixture, we can probably also expect to see a real shift in tactical outlook from both managers.

Chelsea now sits third in the Premier League, sporting a 5-0-1 record following a scoreless tie against West Ham on September 23 that ended its flawless run.

"We are not looking at this as the deciding factor of the season". We all get judged constantly and for the boys it's much more important what I think than what you think.

The Spaniard has scored just once in the league himself this season and, although he has shown more enterprise this term under Sarri following his hard campaign under Antonio Conte, he is not a 20-goal a season forward.

So it's all on Hazard then!

Yet, Sarri has demanded even more, believing Hazard can match Salah's goalscoring feats of last season if he concentrates his energies more on playing in the final third than dropping deep to try and create.

The goal not only snatched a point for the Reds, but was Sturridge's 50th in a Liverpool shirt, as he joined an impressive group who have reached the mark in the Premier League with the club.

All three goals have been scored in the Premier League at Anfield, against West Ham, Brighton and Southampton, so he has yet to deliver against a top-level opponent or score away from home.

Fabregas' slick ball over the top of Liverpool defence should have handed Chelsea an early lead if not for Alvaro Morata's indecisiveness in front of the goal. "After that long period out, he played an outstanding game". I prefer he is fit and available and I can make decisions about whether he needs a rest in one of the other games.



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