Eden Hazard scored an 85th-minute wonder goal as Chelsea beat Liverpool 2-1 in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.
And he isn’t done there. Chelsea face Liverpool again on Saturday, this time at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, and the Belgian is ready to be the match winner once again.
When asked about his strike after the game, Hazard said it was “special” because of the opposition and because of the stadium.
“It’s always tough to play here,” he said. “The game on Saturday will be more important because of the win today. In the league they are incredible also so let’s hope for a good game.
“For the confidence it is good because we drew against West Ham. Now the game on Saturday is more important.
“I don’t know if I have won here already after six years but it’s a fantastic stadium to play in so that’s why the win is more important.
“When I received the ball I just tried to do what I can do as I was on my own. It was for sure at the top of the list [of my best goals], because it was Liverpool.”
Hazard started and finished the move when he picked up possession in midfield, danced past Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino and played out wide to Victor Moses.
He then took the ball back, beat Naby Keita and Henderson (again), nutmegged Alberto Moreno and lashed the ball past Simon Mignolet. It was a stunning solo goal.
Anfield fell silent as Hazard celebrated his winner, with Jamie Carragher shouting six words in the commentary box: “Best player in the Premier League!”
Check out the goal below, which doesn’t feature Carragher’s outburst.
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— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) September 26, 2018
Hazard’s goal was incredible but it’s safe to say Carragher labelling the 27-year-old as the Premier League’s finest on live TV sparked debate on social media.
With Mohamed Salah, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Sergio Aguero also currently competing in England, it’s hard to say whether Hazard is genuinely THE best.
Here’s how football fans reacted to Carragher’s remark, which the Liverpool legend clarified after the game and confirmed he meant it.
Did Carragher just call Hazard the best player in the Premier League? Like, he bloody outstanding but he ain't no David Silva or Kevin de Bruyne.
— Jerry Pembleton (@CerezoMask) September 26, 2018
Carragher’s lost his mind, calling Hazard the best player in the Premier League not once but twice! 🙈 #LIVCHE
— Mike P Williams 🌹 (@Mike_P_Williams) September 26, 2018
Jamie Carragher quoting “the Best player in the premier league” I have been saying it for ages! World class player! Take a bow Eden Hazard 🐐🔥
— Chay Thompson (@CoachChay) September 26, 2018
Finally agree with Carragher. Hazard is the best player in the Premier League. By some distance
— Gary Keast (@garykeast70) September 26, 2018
I’m gonna pretend Jamie Carragher didn’t just call Hazard the best player in the premier league
— Jack Taylor (@JackG0tTheJuice) September 26, 2018
Did my ears deceive me or did Jamie Carragher just say that Hazard is the best player in the Premier League 🤔🤔
— Joe Wilkinson (@Joe_wilks99) September 26, 2018