Sky Pundit Paul Merson has made a pretty weird claim even by his very high standards saying that Maurizio Sarri will bench Eden Hazard against Liverpool to prioritise Europa over Premier League.
Predicting a 2-1 win for Liverpool Merson said, ”
“I’m not sure if Eden Hazard’s going to play as the Europa League is a massive competition for Chelsea.
“For the manager, winning that competition is bigger for him than getting into the top four – for a manager who’s never won anything before.
“This is a big opportunity for [Maurizio] Sarri so it’s a question of what team gets set up for Chelsea.
“If Chelsea play their full team, and don’t worry about next Thursday, this will be game on – no question about that – but I’m just going to go for Liverpool.
“Liverpool are going to get nervous.
“They’ve not won the league in 29 years, and everyone in the city is talking about it, so there’s bound to be nerves.
“If they can get this game out of the way, Man City will have to do it the hard way.”