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Roy Hodgson watched Lille record a 2-1 win over Monaco to move to the summit of Ligue 1, but the Liverpool manager was believed to be present to observe the form of winger Gervinho.

L’Equipe reports Hodgson was present at the Stade Lille-Metropole with Laurent Viaud, a French scout for Liverpool.

Gervinho’s performance was rather overshadowed by another stunning display from teenage Belgian Eden Hazard, who frequently tore Monaco's defence to pieces and was directly responsible for both Lille goals.

At the end of the game, when Hodgson was asked if he was following Gervinho, he simply stated that the Ivorian was not the only good player on the field.

If the Liverpool manager was tight lipped at the end of the fixture, his Lille counterpart Rudi Garcia certainly wasn’t.

“I loved how we got the win and I loved the way we played,” said Garcia.

“It’s thanks to this style that we got the three points. With a bit of luck we could have killed the game off, but still we managed to stitch up the result.

“There are only two points separating seven or eight teams and things can change quickly. But we’re making the most of it.

"The most important thing is to stay on a roll. This third win in a row is a fitting reward for the lads. All we know is that we’re positioning ourselves well to reach our objective of a top-five finish.”

LOSC sit top of Ligue 1 on goal difference ahead of Montpellier.

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