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Eden Hazard has paid Mo Salah some enormous compliments ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Liverpool on Saturday.
Antonio Conte’s men travel to Anfield, knowing a defeat will see us draw level with them on 25 points.
In the Premier League, both sides are in decent form. Liverpool have won three on the trot by at least three goals, while Chelsea have racked up four victories on the bounce.
But instead of rile Liverpool up or play mind-games, Hazard’s praised the top flight’s leading goalscorer and suggested Jose Mourinho missed a trick with the Egyptian at Stamford Bridge.
“He’s a top, top, top player,” Hazard told Sky Sports.
“He did not get his chance at Chelsea maybe because of the manager, because of the other players? I don’t know.
“He has quality but in that period I remember we had me, Willian, Oscar, so for him it was not easy.
“He is a fantastic striker and this season he has scored a lot of goals. It is always good to play against a friend but Liverpool is not only about Salah. They have a lot of quality players.”
Chelsea signed Salah in January 2014, ahead of Brendan Rodgers who was also interested, but like Hazard suggests, the former Basel player never got much of a look-in.
In total, he made just 13 Premier League appearances, most of which came from the bench, before he was shipped out on loan to Italy: first Fiorentina and then Roma. The latter made this move permanent and benefitted from his enormous levels of improvement, but not as much as it seems Liverpool might do.
Chelsea’s loss is our gain.