Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool stopping "special" Eden Hazard & other Chelsea players

Mae Harvey
September 30, 2018

"When I received the ball I just looked for one, I see on my own so I just tried to do what I can do and I did well so we can go through".

"He's a genius. Technically, I think, he is the best".

Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno (L) vies with Chelsea's Nigerian midfielder Victor Mosesduring the English League Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on September 26, 2018. It was a while since I've played, but I felt good in the game.

"If he is able to improve during training, with more intensity in training, and more continuity from the physical and mental point of view, maybe he will be able to use himself at 100 per cent".

The match was headed to penalties when Hazard, receiving the ball outside the box on the right wing, skipped through Liverpool's defense before whipping a shot into the top corner to score a stunning victor with five minutes to go.

Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley believes Belgian teammate Eden Hazard is now ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the running for the world's best player due to his act of unselfishness. Good idea, but he likes players being close sometimes.

'It's very hard to compare [if he is the best player I have coached].

Liverpool have started with six wins in the Premier League and a victory in the Champions League but they were knocked out of the League Cup thanks to a superb solo goal from Hazard in the 85th minute. The Chelsea game was a very interesting game. "I didn't need that game to find out about that", said Klopp in Friday's press conference. "Not only the beauty of it but for the time he scored it", Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola said. And the teams have a swift reunion, with Chelsea hosting unbeaten early front-runner Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday. "In the end, that's the most important thing". "They have worked with the same coach for four seasons, and they are ready now to win the Premier League". "But it would be cool if we could make these changes again because not playing for a long time and then playing these 95, 96, 97 minutes and then playing three days later again would, of course, not be pure joy". "I don't know, generally it's far from now so we will see".

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