Eden Hazard has revealed what N’Golo Kante said to him just before his wonder goal that dumped Liverpool out of the Carabao Cup.
The Belgian struck late on at Anfield to condemn the Reds to their first defeat of the season and maintain Maurizio Sarri’s unbeaten start to life as Blues boss.
Daniel Sturridge had earlier fired Liverpool ahead before Emerson levelled for the visitors after Simon Mignolet had kept out Ross Barkley’s header.
But Hazard jinked his way through the Reds defence to score a stunning winner – but not before some words of wisdom from Kante.
“I spoke with N’Golo on the bench and he told me he didn’t want to take a penalty, so the only solution was to score!” Hazard told Sky Sports.
The former Lille forward rates the goal among the best he has ever scored as Chelsea prepare for a rematch against Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Saturday.
“I have scored some goals like that! Not all the time,” he told Chelsea TV.
“It is on the top of the list, top 3. I remember around two years ago, the one against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. That one was nice.
“This one also is one of the best, especially when you score against a big team and win the game. That’s the most important thing.”