Chelsea's Mohamed Salah (left) celebrates with team mate David Luiz after scoring a goal for Chelsea against Arsenal during their English Premier League match at Stamford Bridge in London, March 22, 2014 - Reuters
CAIRO – 24 November 2017: The Chelsea winger Eden Hazard praised his opposite number, Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, before facing him on Saturday in the 13th round of the English Premier League at Anfield.
Liverpool’s Salah is set to meet his old team Chelsea for the first time since he left the club in Febraury 2015 to join the Italian side Fiorentina.
Hazard said that he would swap shirts with the Egyptian winger after their expected clash at Anfield.
"He is still my friend and we are still in contact, he's a top, top, top player. He did not get his chance at Chelsea -- maybe because of the manager, because of the other players? I don't know.” Hazard spoke to the English newspaper, The Daily Star.
While Salah was at Chelsea, he managed to score two goals and provided four assists in 19 games.
"He has quality but in that period I remember we had me, Willian, Oscar, so for him it was not easy. But he's a top player, for sure, and we know as a team the quality he has. He is a fantastic striker and this season he has scored a lot of goals.” Hazard insisted.
"In training he would do everything. Even in the games when he was playing, sometimes he would score goals, so we knew the quality he had. I am just happy for him.” He continued according to ESPN website.
Salah’s move to Fiorentina gave him better oppertunities, where he scored nine goals and provided four assists in all the competitions.
"When you are not playing at a club, you need to go. You need a chance and he took his chance at Fiorentina, so he did everything that you have to do when you are not playing. If I was not playing, I'd want to go. That's normal because of all the players want to play.” Hazard revealed.
The Egyptian winger moved to AS Roma where he shined the most as he scored 34 goals and provided 24 assists with the club in all the competitions.
"I watched him when he played for Roma -- one of my friends from the national team, Radja Nainggolan, is also there -- and he did very well.” Hazard added.
Salah is the Premier League’s top goal scorer so far this season with nine goals, one goal ahead of other strikers, including Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, Manchester United’s Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata, and Tottenham’s Harry Kane, who have each scored eight goals.
"Now he is still at the top, and then even with his country he did well to reach the World Cup. At Liverpool he is still doing well, so I think we need to be careful with him. I want to ask him for his shirt, for sure, on Saturday." Hazard concluded.