Belgian international Eden Hazard has now stated that he wants to exchange shirts with his friend Mohamed Salah, after Chelsea’s clash against Liverpool. The two teams face off against each other at Anfield today, in a game which will surely have huge implications on the title race. The game is expected to be a high-intensity encounter and the attacker has now come out and made this comment about his former team-mate, as a gesture of pure respect.
The two played together previously at Stamford Bridge between January 2014, until February of next year, when the Egyptian international was loaned out to Serie A outfit Fiorentina. Though the attacker did not have his best time with the Blues and things were not really working out for him, he eventually joined Roma on loan, before permanently signing for them later.
These comments seem to suggest that he is still liked by his former team-mate, who is still an admirer of his play. His recent return to the top flight of English football has been a huge success and he is doing really well at Anfield, which has caught everyone’s attention, after failing to make a huge impact with the west London outfit.
With Hazard and his team-mates looking to face off against the Merseyside outfit, he explained his relationship with Salah and talked about his talents on the pitch. The Chelsea winger was all praises about his friend and claimed that he was following his football, during his time at Roma. Hazard also spoke about the attacker leaving the London based club and eventually making the move to Italy, which according to him was really positive for his career.
"He is still my friend. We are still in contact together. He’s a top, top, top player," Hazard said when asked about Salah.
"I am just happy for him. I was watching him when he played for Roma and he did very well and now he is still at the top. It's good to have friends in this world, because in football you can't have a lot of friends. I want to ask him for his shirt [after Saturday's game], for sure.
"You need a chance and he took his chance at Fiorentina, so he did everything that you have to do when you are not playing. If I am not playing, I want to go. That’s normal because all the players want to play."
With the Belgian going all praises for his rivals’ star, it will be interesting to see how this game shapes up, as both teams will want to win on the night. Chelsea make the trip to Anfield and Conte will hope that his team can really perform away from home, while Jurgen Klopp will want his team to not drop points on home soil. Let’s wait and watch which of the two attackers leaves a mark on the game. Only time will tell.