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Guus Hiddink on the Liverpool game, backs John Terry for future coaching role


Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink says defender John Terry is bitterly disappointed to miss the last two games of the season for the club.

The Englishman was sent off during last week's 3-2 defeat at Sunderland and will miss today's game against Liverpool and the last game of the season at home against Leicester City.

"He [John Terry] has been training in recent days and of course when he came on the pitch, after being sent off, it's not the most beautiful face," Hiddink told reporters.

"But in training he started to lift his morale and trained okay. Of course not being there in the last two games is a blow for him and for us.

"It's always good to have key players on board so it's a big pity. Especially for the home crowd and for the champions Leicester who are visiting us.

"When I make a judgement on how he plays, his fitness and age, then he's able to play and continue. Where? That's up to the club. It's not for me to make declarations on that.

"[If he can succeed as coach?] The other day we were sitting next to each other at Bournemouth and we discussed it a bit.

"Those players, and I have experienced it in the past with [Ruud] Gullit, [Frank] Rijkaard and [Ronald] Koeman, start thinking about what they should do next.

"They love to be involved in football. John's always been a leader and tactically you can rely on him, which is important. You can use your experience to help any player or team."

The 69-year-old is wary of the threat posed by Liverpool as he praised Jurgen Klopp for the work he carried out at Anfield.

"It's a very energetic team which Klopp has formed," the Dutchman added.

"They can be very resilient; they were down against Dortmund and made it up in the last second. They have a skillful team but also a strong team."

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