‘Eden Hazard was important to them but I think they have plenty of quality players’: Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk warns of Chelsea threat ahead of UEFA Super Cup showdown
- Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk has warned Chelsea still pose a number of threats
- Star player Eden Hazard left Chelsea for Real Madrid for £150m this summer
- Chelsea and Liverpool are set to face off in the UEFA Super Cup showpiece
However, as reported by Goal, Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk believes Chelsea still have quality elsewhere, and are not to be underestimated.
‘[Hazard] is a quality player and he was important to them but I think they have plenty of quality players,’ said Van Dijk.
Virgil van Dijk has warned that Chelsea still pose a threat without talisman Eden Hazard
Hazard left Chelsea for La Liga giants Real Madrid this summer in a deal worth £150million
Hazard made the move to Real Madrid this summer for a fee of £150million, signing a five-year deal worth a reported £400k-a-week.
Under new manager Frank Lampard, Chelsea struggled in the first Premier League match of the season against Manchester United, losing 4-0 on a miserable day for supporters.
‘I think they play a little bit different than they did last year,’ said van Dijk. ‘We will analyse them and then we will be prepared.
‘Nothing that happened last season will have any impact on what is going to happen. It is going to be a new game.’
Liverpool will face off against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup showpiece on Wednesday night
Chelsea struggled in their first match of the Premier League after Hazard’s departure
Last season Hazard scored the winning goal against Liverpool in a League Cup match, and scored again in a Premier League draw a few days later.
Overall he scored 16 goals and provided 15 assists for Chelsea in the Premier League last season.
Liverpool will be going into the UEFA Super Cup match as favourites after winning the Champions League and performing well in their 4-1 victory over Norwich on the first day of the Premier League.