Jurgen Klopp has discussed how he hopes his Liverpool side can contain Chelsea star Eden Hazard this weekend.
Liverpool host Chelsea at Anfield this Sunday in a clash with could have huge ramifications at the top end of the Premier League, and will face a player in Hazard who has been in sensational form of late.
The 28-year-old’s double in Chelsea‘s 2-0 win over West Ham took his total to 16 league goals for the season, with no player in the Premier League having been directly involved in more goals this season.
Ahead of the clash, Klopp was full of praise for the Belgium international, but hopes his side can nullify the winger this weekend.
“On his day, he can be the world’s best immediately,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference.
“He had a brilliant career, 100 per cent, so far and it’s not over yet. He has a lot of things I like in football; I like his joy, he is kind of cheeky as well, strong, quick. He is a good player.
“Like all good players, they have to play against us and we’ll try everything to deny at least a couple of his skills. That would help us obviously.
“The best way to try to make sure he cannot shine as he is able to is to avoid passes to him, react a little bit better maybe than other teams did. I don’t say it’s easy, I really don’t, because when he has the ball it’s already pretty much late. We have to try to read the game, read the passes and stuff like that.
“There are a couple of things to do. At the end, in a one-on-one situation, you can’t defend him – help should come from somewhere else. I like footballers like this. If he plays his best game, we’ll have to deal with that. If we can make sure they cannot play as good as they usually do, it’s good for us.”