Andy Robertson has revealed that Eden Hazard made him question whether he was good enough to play in the Premier League when his Hull side lost 2-0 at Chelsea in December 2014.
The Liverpool defender has emerged as one of the finest full-backs in Europe since moving from the Tigers in 2017, playing key roles in Champions League and Club World Cup triumphs under Jurgen Klopp.
The Scot has also been an ever-present this season for the Reds, who were on the verge of clinching their first title in 30 years before the coronavirus pandemic halted English football.
And the left-back has now revealed that he was unsure about his top-flight credentials when he faced the ex-Blues forward in the 2014/15 season – a campaign in which the Belgian international scooped up the PFA Player of the Year award.
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“When I was at Hull I played against Hazard when he won the player of the year, and he ripped me apart at Stamford Bridge,” said Robertson on That Peter Crouch Podcast.
“It’s a game I never thought I’d recover from but luckily I did.”
Robertson also earmarked Wolves ‘ Adama Traore as another difficult opponent to face, though he conceded his teammate Virgil van Dijk had the quality to deal with him.
“Traore this season ripped me apart, to be fair,” he continued. “I think he could give most Premier League defenders a 15-yard start and he would win the race.
“Big Virg and him had a great race, to be fair. Big Virg has just got his big long legs.”