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Eden Hazard was played through the middle against Liverpool (Image: GETTY)

That’s the view of former Chelsea player Craig Burley.

The Blues were defeated 2-0 by Liverpool on Sunday in a bitter blow for their top four chances.

Hazard squandered two good chances in the second half, after hitting the post and seeing Alisson Becker produce a fantastic save to keep Chelsea at bay.

The winger was started as an out-and-out striker at Anfield, with Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi playing on the two wings.

Higuain was brought on in the second half for Hudson-Odoi, as Hazard was moved into a wide position.

After he was moved out wide, he was immediately more of a threat, and both of his chances came in the moments after he was pushed out wide.

Higuain, however, was ineffective, and slowed the game down on multiple attacks.

Goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah earned Liverpool a crucial win and moved them back to the top of the table.

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Eden Hazard hit the post in the second half at Anfield (Image: GETTY)

But for Chelsea, the defeat was a disappointing blow to their chances of securing Champions League football.

Sarri’s side are still fourth, but have played two games more than Arsenal and one more than Man Utd, while they are three points and two points ahead respectively.

And Burley believes that in order to turn their season around in the final stages, they need to change their attacking lineup.

Speaking on ESPN FC, he explained that Hazard needs to be played out wide.

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Mohamed Salah scored a screamer in the second half against Chelsea (Image: GETTY)

“Higuain is making Giroud look mobile, it’s as simple as that,” he said.

“But the Hazard experiment through the middle has been done a few times this season, and it hasn’t really worked.

“He’s been the most effective as he has been recently from a wide position.

“I can see what he’s trying to do, but he’s been more effective and a danger from a wide position.

“Alright, he had two good chances today, but he didn’t take them.”


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