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Jose Mourinho held lengthy discussion with Eden Hazard before Chelsea v Liverpool

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Jose Mourinho held a lengthy heart-to-heart discussion with the out-of-form Eden Hazard before Chelsea lost 3-1 at home to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

This is according to the Telegraph, who understand that Mourinho had the chat with Hazard in an attempt to get the best out of the under-performing Belgium international.

However, Hazard went on to produce arguably his worst performance of the season so far and was subbed off by his manager before the hour-mark.

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Speculation is rife that Mourinho has lost the dressing room, with the exception of a decreasing group of players, at Stamford Bridge following a disastrous start to the 2015-16 campaign.

Last week, ESPN claimed that John Terry, Cesc Fabregas, Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta and Diego Costa were among those players who remain fully behind their under-fire boss, but it was reported over the weekend that Hazard’s relationship with Mourinho was under “immense strain”.

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Crisis at Chelsea continues

This is according to BBC Radio 5Live reporter Garry Richardson - per the Mirror - who sensationally claimed that one of Chelsea’s first-team players said he would rather lose than win for Mourinho.

There’s no reason to suspect the player in question who made that comment is Hazard, a good professional, but it’s clear that all is not well between Chelsea’s manager and his star player.

Hazard was anonymous v Liverpool

During the 59 minutes he was on the pitch, with the following statistics courtesy of WhoScored, Hazard contributed virtually nothing for the west London outfit.

He made fewer passes than any of his Chelsea teammates, including goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, attempted the same number of dribbles as Cesar Azpilicueta and John Obi Mikel - a grand total of one - and had just 32 touches of the ball.

It’s a far cry from last season when Hazard was the Premier League’s standout player.

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