Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk tells Chelsea how they can cope without Eden Hazard | Football | Sport

Eden Hazard left Chelsea for Real Madrid after the two clubs agreed a deal for an initial £88million in June.

The Belgian was a huge part of Chelsea’s recent success, including two Premier League title wins, an FA Cup victory and two Europa League trophies.

Van Dijk, who moved to Liverpool from Southampton in January 2018 for £75m, believes Chelsea now have a new style of play under manager Frank Lampard.

The Dutchman stated, ahead of his side’s Super Cup final clash with Chelsea tonight (8pm), that the Blues have the top-calibre players needed to be able to cope without Hazard.

“[Hazard] is a quality player and he was important to them but I think they have plenty of quality players,” Van Dijk said.

“I think they play a little bit different than they did last year.

“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.

Lampard has also spoken about Hazard’s departure, noting that it’s hard to replace one of the most skilful footballers in the world.

“For me, clearly [Hazard is] one of the best players in world football and last season,” he said.

“But not just last season, over his time at Chelsea he was the most productive player in the team generally, in terms of assists and goals and a leader.

“You cannot replace him individually, I think it’s pretty much impossible because of the high, high level he is at now in his career.

“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.

“Individually they can step up because yes, you are missing a huge amount of assists and goals, that’s clear.”

Chelsea and Liverpool face off this evening in Istanbul at the BJK Vodafone Park.

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