Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk backs Frank Lampard to cope without Eden Hazard at Chelsea

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk says Chelsea can cope without Eden Hazard this season
Virgil van Dijk believes Chelsea can cope without Eden Hazard this season (Picture: Getty)

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk is assured that Chelsea nonetheless have the ‘quality players’ to cope without Eden Hazard this season.

Hazard, 28, introduced an finish to his seven-year spell at Chelsea by means of becoming a member of Real Madrid this summer time in a deal price an preliminary £88million which might upward push to £130m with add-ons.

The Belgian scored 16 objectives and supplied 15 assists within the Premier League remaining time period and in addition discovered the online two times in Chelsea’s Europa League ultimate victory over Arsenal.

Hazard’s departure would have hit any membership exhausting, however Chelsea’s switch ban intended Lampard was once not able to herald a substitute for the ahead forward of the 2019/20 marketing campaign.

However, Van Dijk has sponsored Chelsea to thrive this season, with Lampard putting in place his group ‘a little bit different’ to Maurizio Sarri.



‘[Hazard] is a quality player and he was important to them but I think they have plenty of quality players,’ Van Dijk stated forward of Liverpool’s Super Cup conflict with Chelsea.

‘I feel they play just a little bit other than they did remaining yr.

‘We will analyse them after which we can be ready.

‘Nothing that happened last season will have any impact on what is going to happen. It is going to be a new game.’

Van Dijk is expected to start for Liverpool in Istanbul
Van Dijk is anticipated to get started for Liverpool in Istanbul (Picture: Getty)

On the problem of coping without Hazard, Lampard stated: ‘For me, obviously [Hazard is] one of the crucial absolute best avid gamers in international soccer and remaining season, however no longer simply remaining season, over his time at Chelsea he was once the best participant within the group typically, when it comes to assists and objectives and a pace-setter.

‘You cannot replace him individually, I think it’s just about unattainable as a result of the prime, prime degree he’s at now in his profession.

‘But the good news and the positive news for us and we must stay calm and be patient with this [is] we have a group of players, some younger players, some experienced players, that now have the opportunity to show that collectively and individually they can step up because yes, you are missing a huge amount of assists and goals, that’s transparent.

‘The answer is as a team, we have to find a way to carry on because a football club like Chelsea will always carry on. Eden Hazard, John Terry, Didier Drogba, players move on and it’s down to the following avid gamers, the following supervisor.



‘That’s our giant problem now, to say excellent success to Eden Hazard and to lift on as Chelsea.’

Lampard can win his first trophy as Chelsea manager by beating Liverpool
Lampard can win his first trophy as Chelsea supervisor by means of beating Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

Jurgen Klopp is taking a look ahead to sharing the touchline with Lampard for the primary time at Istabul’s Besiktas Park on Wednesday evening.

The German believes Lampard will ‘100 per cent’ be triumphant in spite of Chelsea’s 4-Zero defeat to Manchester United at the weekend.

‘If people really think Chelsea are not a real challenger, I can’t assist those folks,’ Klopp stated.

‘You simplest have to watch that group and what they’ve – they’re in reality robust, younger and recent and the entirety is thrilling within the second as a result of Frank is there new, the membership legend, [and can] make himself a reputation as a supervisor, which can occur 100 in keeping with cent.

‘You could see that immediately when he took over at Derby and now doing the job at Chelsea, so it will be really interesting.’

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