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Guus Hiddink is hopeful there will be a resolution to John Terry's, pictured, future at Chelsea.

Guus Hiddink does not know whether Chelsea captain John Terry will stay or go

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Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink admits he cannot call which way John Terry's contract situation will go but remains hopeful of a positive outcome.

The 35-year-old captain is suspended for the remainder of the season, missing the 1-1 draw at Liverpool, meaning there is a chance he will not play for the club again when his current deal expires in the summer.

However, more talks were held between Terry's representatives and the club on Wednesday and Hiddink - as well as fans who sang 'John Terry, we want you to stay' at Anfield - hopes there will be a positive outcome.

"Let's wait to see what happens in the upcoming days on this issue," said the Dutchman.

"Of course John is in contact every day with us and he has made such a long career that the fans appreciate him highly.

"We will see regarding his near future, let's wait a bit.

"Hopefully both are wise parties and let's hope for the best. It is difficult to see which direction it is going."

While Terry's situation was the talking point off the pitch the resurgence of Eden Hazard, who opened the scoring with a brilliant individual effort for his fourth goal in as many matches after returning from a month out with a hip injury, was the primary subject on it.

The Belgium international has rediscovered the form which made him player of the season last year and Hiddink is delighted.

"I don't know (if he has been hurt by criticism of his performances) - probably," he added.

"Everyone has criticism, it is how you deal with that. It can be possible he will be affected a bit but it is always good to see the reaction and to show he is capable of playing as he did.

"He had a difficult year. He was one of the best last year and this year he is falling into injury, coming back nearly, falling back into injury and that made him vulnerable physically and you get frustrated.

"He has a lot of talent, is clever and can play one-on-one and he is physically and mentally fit and it is a pleasure to see."

Liverpool snatched an added-time equaliser via the head of substitute Christian Benteke and while it was the least they deserved manager Jurgen Klopp believes his players still lack some belief.

"In the first 15 minutes we were great, playing wonderful football without scoring," said the German after his 50th match in charge, becoming the quickest Liverpool boss to the landmark in just 217 days.

"There was not enough faith in our own quality and so we lost patience - and when you lose patience it is always difficult - and we lost formation.

"I love this stadium, I love this atmosphere but everyone lost patience and the crowd did too.

"You see we all don't trust finally our quality and that is what we have to learn in the future - and we will."

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