Magnificent Hazard ends Liverpool's 100 per cent start


Liverpool got down to work ahead of their showdown with Chelsea in the Premier League after the Blues knocked them out of the Carabao Cup.

Sarri introduced Hazard with 35 minutes remaining, but moments later his side were behind as Sturridge made amends in spectacular fashion with an overhead kick after Caballero parried Naby Keita's drive.

The match was headed to penalties when Hazard, receiving the ball outside the box on the right wing, skipped through Liverpool's defense before whipping a shot into the top corner to score a stunning victor with five minutes to go.

The pair are nearly certain to partner each other on Saturday, though a back-up plan could involve Cesar Azpilicueta returning to the middle and Davide Zappacosta starting the game at right-back. "Not all the time", he told Chelsea TV.

He continued: "I like to play in these kinds of stadiums".

The goal was Hazard's sixth goal of the season in seven appearances, and Barkley was very quick to praise the talents of Chelsea's Belgian star. I want to be a big player, if I want to big player, then I need to score in big games.

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'This result will give us more confidence because we drew with West Ham four days ago, ' the Belgian said after his heroics. But I hope we get a chance to play against each other.

The Swiss worldwide was arguably Liverpool's best player on the night, leaving some confused as to what exactly Klopp was saying to him.

"I don't think he's fit enough to actually start for a Jurgen Klopp team, but that will come.".

The German will have been encouraged by Shaqiri's impact and may feel he can use him in Saturday's trip to Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool, though, will quickly have a chance for revenge as they head to Chelsea protecting a ideal Premier League record for a blockbuster Stamford Bridge clash on Saturday.