Friday, 19 October, 2018

Carragher says Eden Hazard is the best player in the Premier League

AFP | Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga was helpless as Daniel Sturridge scored a late equaliser for Liverpool at Stamford Bridge AFP | Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga was helpless as Daniel Sturridge scored a late equaliser for Liverpool at Stamford Bridge
Michele Schwartz | 30 September, 2018, 11:28

It was a slick piece of play started and finished by Hazard and underlined the confidence and flair with which he is playing at present.

Everton ended a four-game winless run to beat Fulham 3-0 as Gylfi Sigurdsson made amends for missing an earlier penalty to score twice either side of Cenk Tosun's first goal of the season.

While Salah's form in front of goal has been cause for concern for some fans, his overall performance showed shades of the player who took the league by storm last season.

Hazard's goal in midweek ensured he has now scored six goals against Liverpool across all competitions, which is more than he has scored than against any other "big-six" side he has faced.

The Merseysiders went behind at Stamford Bridge to an Eden Hazard strike in the first half, and missed several excellent chances to score themselves - with Salah the guiltiest party.

The draw, which comes just three days after Chelsea claimed a 2-1 EFL Cup win at Anfield, means Liverpool's 100 per cent winning record in the Premier League this season ends and they are level on points with leaders Manchester City, behind only on goal difference.

While Sturridge will be delighted with his efficient four-minute cameo, last season's top scorer Salah was subbed on 66 minutes after missing some good chances.

But Emerson Palmieri bagged Chelsea's late equaliser before Belgium star Hazard danced through the Liverpool defence to notch the victor with five minutes left.

"Me and "Studgey" are getting a bit older now", Liverpool midfielder James Milner said, referring to Sturridge.

He's in the best shape since I've known him.

"It was just trying to get into that position, to get on the ball and players like Shaq always play it forward as much as possible, so I just tried to create myself as much time as possible".

"But coming in a game like this, constantly in situations like he comes in, that makes a world-class player". He wants to be decisive'.

The Blues are now occupying third position while Liverpool are first on the standings in which a win for Maurizio Sarri's side will send them to the top of the table.

"It's like riding a bike. It's not like you wake up in the morning and you can not finish any more or can not ride a bike any more". You need to work for these moments when it is clicking.

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