Hazard trying to reach ‘incredible’ Salah’s level

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26: Eden Hazard of Chelsea speaks to Mohamed Salah of Liverpool ahead of the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on September 26, 2018 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Chelsea star Eden Hazard has confessed his admiration towards Mohamed Salah and is attempting to reach his level of performance.

The Belgium captain has embarked in what has arguably been the most impressive season of his career upon scoring 13 times and adding 11 assists in his 29 Premier League appearances for Chelsea.

Hazard has been frequently hailed as one of the brightest talents in English football, which has prompted strong interest from Real Madrid over the past year.

Despite this, Hazard still feels that there is something left in the tank for him to reach an even higher level based on Salah’s “incredible” exploits since arriving at Liverpool in the summer of 2017.

The Egyptian forward has well and truly put his disappointing spell at Chelsea behind him on the back of managing 49 goals and 19 assists in 67 Premier League games for Liverpool.

Therefore, Hazard rates Salah as one of his four biggest football inspirations along with Luka Modric, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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“I like Modric,” Hazard told NBC Sports.

“He’s more of a midfielder than me but, of course, I like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Mo Salah is one of my good friends and he’s doing something incredible. I try to look at this player and try to reach that level.”

The 27-year-old is now with the Belgium national team for tonight’s Group I opener against Russia at home in their EURO 2020 qualifying campaign before the Red Devils head out to Cyprus on Sunday.

Although Roberto Martinez’s side were handed an early blow when it was confirmed that Belgium’s record scorer Romelu Lukaku will be sidelined for the Russia match due to a foot problem.

The Euro 2016 quarter-finalists will begin their match with Russia at 20:45 (CET).

Belgium v Tunisia: Group G - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JUNE 23: Eden Hazard of Belgium celebrates after scoring during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Belgium and Tunisia at Spartak Stadium on June 23, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)