Hazard - Why Am Not In The Same Level With Messi And Ronaldo

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.

The Reds took the lead in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, but the Blues came from behind to win the game 2-1 and progress to the fourth round of the competition.

Chelsea was the last team to do it in the Premier League and, having erased the frustration of a scoreless draw against West Ham with a dramatic 2-1 win at Anfield in the EFL Cup, Maurizio Sarri's men will have little other than three points in mind. "It's very hard. He's unique".

"Sarri is a manager who likes to have the ball", he explained.

Asked if Hazard could be voted the best player in the world in a year's time, Sarri said: "I think so, I think so".

In his absence, his fellow countryman Hazard has excelled, now sitting as the joint top scorer with Fulham's Aleksandar Mitrovic with five goals.

The two teams are set to meet just days after their first encounter, and Molby thinks this time the result could be different. So I think that if he's able to improve he will be the best in the world.

Hazard has been on the verge of greatness for some time now but this season the Belgium global is truly showing his potential after having a wonderful campaign with the national side during the World Cup.

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"I think that he is for sure one of the best (players in the world), but I am absolutely convinced that he can improve", Sarri told reporters today.

"I don't think so". Sarri has consistently played down his team's chances of lifting the Premier League trophy this season, but he is far more confident that Jurgen Klopp's men possess the requisite quality.

And the 27-year-old has hit the ground running in the league so far this season, scoring five goals in Chelsea's six unbeaten matches.

Instead, the Italian believes Hazard can reach his full potential if he shows more intensity in training.

"It will be tight but if anyone is more likely to win the game, then I would say it is Liverpool, but they need to careful", he added. Jurgen Klopp will be keen to avoid a similar situation with one of his own players but this public tearing down of one of his players has certainly drawn eyes to his managerial techniques.

"That's why I could excel under them too".

Any win boosts morale, particularly one against a major rival in the race for silverware, but Liverpool will not be weighed down by the defeat in the same manner as Chelsea are uplifted by their victory.

  • Lawrence Cooper