‘I love Anfield!’ – Hazard gushes over ‘epic’ goal at Liverpool

first_imgEden Hazard has said he loves playing at Anfield as he reflected on the Carabao Cup third round goal he netted for Chelsea against Liverpool in September. The winger scored a mesmeric solo effort in the 85th minute to give the Blues a 2-1 victory after they had overturned a 1-0 Liverpool lead. Hazard has put a total of seven goals past the Reds in his career, four of which have come at Anfield, and also scored three days after the cup encounter when the teams met in the Premier League at Stamford Bridge. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Speaking to Belgian publication HLN, Hazard said: “I love Anfield. The stadium, the pitch, the atmosphere. I love to play there.”I have already scored several goals at Anfield, always against Simon [Mignolet] – sorry! But this one was worth it. One of my most beautiful goals ever. It had everything. And it was also one against a big club. That gives it extra exposure.”I came on with 20 minutes to play. And I lost the first five balls I touched. I thought: ‘Oh, oops, this is all going wrong’. Until I started running and dribbling. I saw the gap and kicked the ball. Bam! The excitement was huge.”After the match I have watched the goal several times. On repeat. I do that from time to time in the bus.  The moments you enjoy.”All my friends sent me messages too. All very praising. ‘Wow’. There was even a video of the goal with the music of Titanic – didn’t you show that to me? Epic.”Hazard has been a vital player for Chelsea this term and is their top scorer with 12 goals, three ahead of Alvaro Morata in second.But there has been consistent speculation linking him with a move away from the Bridge, in particular to Real Madrid, and the Belgian has failed to rule out a move could be on the cards in the summer. He even admitted he dreamed of playing for Los Blancos as a child back in December.There have been suggestions that Real’s hierarchy see Hazard as the replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who left to join Juventus last year.last_img read more

Budget changes will affect 14 million health insurance customers

first_imgThe €127 million reduction in tax relief combined with the public bed charges of €30 million means that an additional €157 million needs to be raised by the end of 2014.This will ultimately have to be funded by customers through their premiums. We urgently call on the Minister to review this measure and consult with health insurers on the issue… CHANGES IN TAX relief on private health policies announced in this week’s budget will raise costs for 90 per cent of customers.The Health Insurance Council said the budget cap on tax relief on health insurance policies will affect 1.4 million customers.Health CommitteeSpeaking at the Health Committee, Minister James Reilly said he only heard about the change when it was announced by the Minister for Finance Michael Nooonan in his Budget speech, and said he wasn’t informed prior to the change. He said: Speaking on RTE’s Morning Ireland, Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher said he was surprised at Minister Reilly’s admission that he was not made aware of the change and said it showed there was dysfunction between the departments.Read: “There has been no change in policy in relation to medical cards” – James Reilly>Read: Health Budget measures could have “dangerous and unintended” consequences, GPs warn>center_img I found out the same time as all my other colleagues.Insurance Ireland Health Insurance Council state that the government was incorrect in saying  that it would only affect “gold-plated policies”.MiscalculationThey added that this was a “fundamental miscalculation regarding the number of customers impacted will exacerbate the issues of sustainability and affordability at a time when the market is already significantly contracting”.They said that if you look at the average policy premium – a gross rate of €1500, prior to the change, the net cost of this for an adult was €1200 but following the change, the cost is now €1300 – an increase of €100 per adult.Furthermore, the Council also challenges the Government’s estimate of those affected – approximately 577,000 policy holders – believing the wider impact to be far greater.Private health insuranceAccording to its own industry data, the Council estimates this figure to be 90 per cent with private health insurance.Michael Horan, spokesperson for the Insurance Ireland Health Insurance Council, said the new Budget measures will seriously jeopardise the reform already made in the healthcare sector, stating:last_img read more