New Real Madrid star Eden Hazard has revealed who the trickiest defender he’s come up against is – and it won’t surprise Premier League fans.
The Belgium international has hailed Liverpool and Netherlands stalwart Virgil van Dijk as the toughest defender he has played against.
“In the Premier League there are lots of good defenders- especially this season. Virgin van Dijk was on fire.
“That’s why he got PFA player of the year I think. He’s really good, he’s strong.”
Hazard recalls when Chelsea played Liverpool and the new Madrid man couldn’t get a sniff of a chance against him.
“I remember when we played away against Liverpool and I was striker. I tried to jump against him and I fell. No chance.”
Van Dijk was vital in Liverpool’s triumphs last season as Jurgen Klopp’s reds finished runners up to City in the Premier League whilst lifting the Champions League trophy.
Hazard left Chelsea in the summer after he completed his incredible £88.5 million move to the Bernebau.
Van Dijk was also recognised as one of the best defenders in the world after being awarded the PFA player of the year award, as well as featuring in the PFA team of the year.