Meanwhile, Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has described the latest incidents of racist abuse in football as "really painful" as he urged the sport to find a way of removing the scourge from the game. Like it is this time.
Arsenal have the kindest remaining fixtures out of the other candidates, as they do not play any of the "big six" in the run-in.
'It's not about frustrating Liverpool, it's about playing our game.
Leaders Liverpool are now 16 points clear of Chelsea as they go toe-to-toe with Manchester City at the top, but will be wary of the 16-goal Hazard who also boasts a league-high 12 assists this term. And because fate is amusing sometimes, a Chelsea side fighting for third is once again in their way.
"Eden Hazard, on his day, can be the world's best", remarked the German.
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Now in his second spell at Stamford Bridge, Luiz has been one of the first names on Maurizio Sarri's teamsheet this season, starting 31 of their 33 Premier League outings thus far and keeping 13 clean sheets in tandem with his usual central defensive partner Antonio Rudiger.
"Liverpool are going to get nervous".
It is not the first time that Mo Salah has faced abuse for being a muslim. Having had two brilliant appearances in the Reds' last two games, he will want to make an impact in this crucial game as well.
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp is well aware of the threat posed by Hazard, who is in fine form after scoring sublime goals against West Ham and Brighton recently. This is not the same Liverpool by any means, but the weight of expectation can be a heavy weight indeed. In the midfield, Naby Keita, who has scored two goals in two games could complete the triumvirate with Henderson and Fabinho.
In any other past season, it would have been a relatively easy fixture to call, given Chelsea's supremacy in the recent years.
Liverpool, decades after their last title, allowed themselves to believe.