Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has singled out Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic for praise following his performance in Chelsea’s 2-2 draw against Liverpool on Sunday.
Kovacic, alongside midfielder partner N’Golo Kante, dominated the midfield against Liverpool, with the Croatian international scoring a brilliant goal from the edge of the box against the Reds.
Shearer believes Kovacic’s goal against Liverpool is a contender for goal of the season.
“Brilliant in every department and scored a Goal of the Season contender. The best player in a high-quality match,” Shearer wrote about the Chelsea midfielder.
Meanwhile, Chelsea legend Pat Nevin hailed Kovacic’s performance against Liverpool as his best in a Chelsea shirt.
Nevin told Chelsea’s official website: “There was no doubt there were some brilliant performances from the boys in blue.
“You could go through most of the team but you would have to start with the engine room where Mateo Kovacic had arguably his best performance in a Chelsea shirt, which is high praise considering the standards he has attained in the past.
“There was a period in the second half when his touch was so divine the Chelsea fans in the stadium started making strange noises.
“It wasn’t applause or shouts of encouragement when he pulled a ball out of the air after it appeared to have come down with snow on it, or after he went past three players when there seemed nowhere to go but then emerged with the ball and with his balance to set up yet another attack – there was something close to gasps from the stands.
“His goal was worth the admission fee on its own, for the outrageous technique, the style, the imagination, and the timing. I felt particularly happy as I had just said to Jason Cundy and Ben Andrews on the Chelsea website and 5th Stand app commentary if we get a goal back before half-time this is definitely not beyond us. Okay, we got two, but you get the point.”