Chelsea boss lauds rejuvenated star after Liverpool draw

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink has heaped praise on star midfielder Eden Hazard after a brilliant goal against Liverpool on Wednesday.

Hazard, who won the PFA Player of the Year last season, has had a miserable campaign with the Blues, only scoring his first league goal against Bournemouth on April 23.

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However, since then the Belgium international has looked like the player from last term, and on Wednesday night he went past no fewer than five players before slotting the ball past Simon Mignolet during their 1-1 draw against the Reds.

And Hididnk has claimed that Hazard being 100% fit is the reason behind his upturn in form, praising him as one of the most gifted players in the division.

“The team reacted very well. We played all game for the win and got an unlucky present in the last minute. We should have killed it off and I’m disappointed not to have the three points,” he is quoted by the London Evening Standard.

“Hazard was terrific and has been growing in fitness for some weeks. It’s good to see. He had to suffer a lot with injuries this year but I’m very happy he’s back.

“The players showed they love to play football.”

On the other hand, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was happy with the result despite being behind for most of the fixture, looking at the positives ahead of their Europa League final clash against Sevilla next Wednesday.

“The result tonight was not important, what’s important is that we take the right information out of the game,” Klopp said.

“We started very well, and when we play like that with our compact defending we can be good. In a game like this, the crowd force you to attack. We have to develop a lot.

“I like it here. It’s a nice place and a world-class club.”