LIVERPOOL defender Andy Robertson believes Eden Hazard is one of the top five players in the world.
The new Scotland captain is preparing to go head-to-head with his Belgium counterpart as the two countries meet in a friendly at Hampden Park on Friday night.
Robertson has played against the Chelsea star on several occasions in the Premier League but is yet to face the 27-year-old in the international arena.
Hazard has been directly involved in 25 goals in his last 25 Belgium games and was a top performer in the World Cup this summer.
Speculation over whether or not he would leave Stamford Bridge in the transfer window has been put to bed for now and the forward has made a brilliant start to the new campaign.
And Robertson, who himself has performed admirably for Jurgen Klopp’s side so far this season, has praised the former Lille star’s ability.
“He is probably in the top five [players in the world] at the minute,” he told Sky Sports.
“I have come up against him many times so I know what threat he can have.
“Even if he is having a quiet game, he can pop up at any point and turn a game. That is what we are up against.
“He is probably in the top five players in the world at the minute”
“He is special. The way he turns and gets at players and commits two or three defenders, there’s not many that have that.
“He has been unbelievable for Chelsea and Belgium and it is somebody that we need to watch.
“The problem with Belgium is, you can’t focus on just Hazard because somebody else pops up. We have to be aware of all of their threats.
“We will be ready for them and do our best to stop them but we must cause them problems going the other way as well.”
Belgium will be looking to build on their excellent World Cup campaign in the all-new Uefa Nations League.
Roberto Martinez and his team have been pitted with Iceland and Switzerland in Group A2.
Alex McLeish’s men have been grouped with Albania and Israel in C1 and are hoping to fight to qualify for Euro 2020.
Qualification would see the Scots head to a major tournament for the first time since World Cup 98 in France.
Robertson, 24, made his debut for Scotland in 2014 and has been appointed captain by McLeish having since established himself as a key player in the national team.