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Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea - 4 reasons why Liverpool won the match 

Elvis Ume O
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15 Apr 2019, 02:32 IST

#3 Maurizio Sarri's tactical gaffe

Hazard was ineffective as a false nine
Hazard was ineffective as a false nine

Sarri was appointed in the summer to replace Antonio Conte and despite starting his tenure brightly, a downturn in results saw the club fans turn against him, with some of their grouses being his predictable formation, misuse of Kante, and lack of trust in Callum Hudson Odoi who was seen as the club's brightest jewel.

In the game against Liverpool, Sarri handed the 18-year-old a rare start, but this came at a cost, as it meant that Gonzalo Higuain had to be dropped to the bench, with Eden Hazard being deployed as a false nine in his stead.

The Belgian superstar is one of the best forwards in the game and can more than hold his own with the best of the best, but despite little flashes here and there through the middle, even a fan with just an iota of football knowledge knows that the 28-year-old is at his destructive best when deployed out wide.

Hazard's unique skillset makes him best equipped to a role on the wing, where his pace and trickery can be deployed to its maximum potential, and it came as no surprise that his and concordantly Chelsea's best spell of the game came when he was sent out wide following the introduction of Gonzalo Higuain.

Hazard almost immediately fashioned out two clear cut chances, hitting the post and drawing a fine save from Alisson, putting Liverpool on the backfoot, with most of Chelsea's attacks during this period coming after Hazard had turned Trent Alexander-Arnold inside out, leaving fans wondering what might had been if Hazard had been deployed out wide from the get go.




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