Hazard among world's best and still improving, warns Zola

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Chelsea handed Liverpool its first loss of the season in all competitions, and it did so in stunning fashion.

Eden Hazard joked that he had no choice but to score the sensational solo goal that sealed Chelsea's 2-1 victory over Liverpool in the Carabao Cup third round because N'Golo Kante had told him he did not want to take a penalty.

Hazard's goal came six minutes minutes after he helped create Emerson Palmieri's equaliser, which cancelled out Daniel Sturridge's acrobatic 58th-minute opener.

During his time at Chelsea Hazard has frequently been linked with a move away from the club, often to Real Madrid.

When it was put to Zola afterwards that Sky Sports pundit and former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher had said Hazard was the Premier League's best player, the Italian said he felt the assessment was correct.

I don't think so, the players don't think so.

"If I see one player with the feeling: 'Oh, it's only the League Cup, ' then we could have a real problem".

With both teams unbeaten so far this season in the Premier League and European action, plus Liverpool winning all seven of their games an Chelsea winning six, this should be a fine game for the neutral.

The Blues are two points behind Jurgen Klopp's Premier League leaders heading into the showdown.

"But the game on Saturday is more important".

While Terry used words to hail Hazard's mesmerising skill, Didier Drogba was reduced to emojis, while Sergio Ramos, whose Real Madrid side covet the Chelsea forward, also showed his appreciation with a like. The third best player in world football?

"We create a lot of passes and chances".

At the London Stadium, West Ham gave Macclesfield, who now sit bottom of the entire Football League, a lesson in ruthless finishing. Yesterday we had a bit of trouble (against West Ham) but I think the beginning of the season was great. "It's a good confidence boost and we need to try and beat them on Saturday".

Chelsea have done that twice in the last four years, winning the title under Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte, so they know how to get the job done and why it is not always about the superstars.