Maurizio Sarri says Liverpool are still 'step ahead' of Chelsea after draw

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the first goal during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield

Chelsea knocks out Liverpool

That's the view of former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who says that the Belgium worldwide is the best player in the league.

While the away side controlled the latter stages, Georginio Wijnaldum almost gifted Chelsea the win with a horror back pass to Alisson, but the goalkeeper just managed to beat the oncoming Alvaro Morata to the ball.

Hazard netted five goals and made two assists in his first six Premier League outings this term, and he scored a superb solo goal for the Blues to help them beat Liverpool FC in the League Cup at Anfield last week.

It looked as though Chelsea were set to go level on points with Manchester City at the top of the table after Eden Hazard's 25th-minute strike put them ahead.

Liverpool face a hard test when they visit Napoli in the Champions League on Wednesday, and it does not get much easier at the end of the week, when champions and new leaders Manchester City travel to Anfield.

Though he has three goals so far this season, only one has had a detrimental impact on a Liverpool result (in the slender victory over Brighton), with the other two coming in the last few moments of two comprehensive wins.

But new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri seems to have given Hazard a new lease of life at Stamford Bridge, allowing him to express himself more on the pitch.

The two English giants won't lock horns again in the league until April and it will be interesting to see if both teams can still be in the hunt for the domestic crown. "And we have to try to improve".

"I think City and Liverpool are a step forward of us, but I think also we are more close than I thought one week ago", said the Italian.

Today's goal was Hazard's second against Liverpool in the space of 72 hours.

"I think they had more intensity than we did", Young said of the Derby defeat.

Sturridge, who has already scored four goals at the start of this season in what appears to be a resurgence of his flagging Liverpool career, continued: "It felt great".

"I am not really anxious about it".

Despite boasting a decent enough return of three goals in seven league appearances, Mohamed Salah clearly isn't on top of his game.

"Today I saw a really good performance from my side in a hard game after we'd lost on Wednesday against them".

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