Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson has named Eden Hazard as the best player he’s faced in the Premier League.
Hazard’s long-awaited move to Real Madrid was finally confirmed on Friday, ending a seven-year association with Chelsea in which he won six major honours.
Hazard vs Liverpool in 2018/19: Five key things to know…
- Hazard faced Liverpool three times last season – twice in the Premier League, once in the EFL Cup.
- In the Premier League, he scored once against the Reds and completed 10 dribbles.
- Hazard also scored a decisive goal as Chelsea knocked Liverpool out the League Cup in September.
- The Belgian has seven goals against Liverpool overall; no team suffered more at his hands.
- But the Reds can now sleep easy knowing he will be playing in La Liga next season.
Robertson’s Scotland side are preparing to face Hazard’s Belgium in Uefa Euro 2020 qualifying on Tuesday and ahead of the game, the defender gave a glowing review of his opponent.
“He’s probably the best player I’ve come up against in the Premier League and he deserves his move and all the plaudits he gets,” Robertson said.
“He’s probably one of the best in the world at the minute.
“But it all comes back to showing him respect because of his ability but not showing him too much respect that we fear him.
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“We need to try and defend him out the game but we know tough that’ll be.”
Robertson’s long-range strike helped Scotland to a hard-earned 2-1 win over Cyprus on Saturday but Tuesday’s game represents another chance for them to try and get a result against a top nation – something Robertson admits his compatriots have struggled with in recent years.
“We’ve not had a big result since probably England and there was still some disappointment because of the late goal,” he added.
“Since then, the big nations have turned us over if we’re being honest. We need to try and make ourselves hard to beat against the top nations again.
“When I first came into the squad, the top nations didn’t like playing against us and they might have got the results but they knew they had to work for it and that’s what we need to get back to.”