Analyst: How Eden Hazard justified Jose Mourinho's tactical gamble against Liverpool

By The Rainbow

Chelsea ended the year on a high and just two points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal following their 2-1 victory over Liverpool despite suffering an early setback.

Martin Skrtel's goal in the third minute seemed to galvanise Jose Mourinho's side and it wasn't long before Eden Hazard, who was the star of the show, restored parity before Samuel Eto'o scored what proved to be the winner a few minutes after the half hour mark.

Mourinho's team selection may have raised a few eyebrows before the game as David Luiz was asked to play in midfield alongside Frank Lampard whilst Eto'o, who missed a few easy chances against Swansea, was preferred to Fernando Torres.

It was a bold XI from the manager and although Lampard isn't famed for his concentration in a deeper midfield role and Luiz can sometimes be guilty of brainless acts, it seemed to work fairly well for the Blues on this occasion but I'm not sure if the Brazilian will feature in the middle of the park in the long-term.

Chelsea's Frank Lampard performed well in a different role