N’Golo Kante and Gary Cahill both felt the point Chelsea earned from our trip to Liverpool was a thoroughly deserved one.
The Blues had our fair share of chances at Anfield, but after going behind to a second-half strike from Mohamed Salah, it took a late equaliser from Willian – who lobbed Simon Mignolet from wide on the right – to earn us a share of the spoils.
Kante was glad our positive reaction to going behind was rewarded and is already looking ahead to the home game against Swansea on Wednesday night.
‘I think it’s a good point,’ said the Frenchman. ‘It was a difficult game against a tough team. I think we had the best chances but we didn’t score. They had most of the ball, but we defended together and we are happy with the point.
‘I think we deserved to score a goal. We are happy for Willian and we are happy for us. I don’t know if he meant it, you will have to ask him, but we are happy for the goal and I think we deserved it.
‘This was one point against a good team. Next we have Swansea at home on Wednesday and we have to get back in the winning way.’
Cahill expressed similar sentiments, even if he was a touch disappointed we couldn’t record a fifth consecutive Premier League victory.
‘We’re not completely satisfied because we came here to try and get the three points, but we respect the fact we were playing against a good team,’ he said after skippering the Blues for the 50th time. ‘It was an important equaliser and I felt we deserved it, especially given the pressure we put on them in the second half.
‘I thought we played well, we created chances and it felt like they had more possession in the first half, but I thought that we maybe created the better opportunities.
‘In the last couple of months, the results on the whole have been great for us. We have nothing but respect for Liverpool because they are a very good team, but we’re disappointed not to take the three points because the path we are on at the minute is the right one, so we had a go, especially late on in the game when we were pushing them.’
Cahill felt fortune favoured the home side for the opener, but admitted that luck may have evened itself out for Willian’s stunning equaliser.
‘It was bad luck on our part in terms of the ball came across the box and touched one of our players and with the run Salah is on at the moment, it just fell straight to his feet,’ he said.
‘So from our point of view it was disappointing, because I thought we defended quite solidly generally, and maybe a bit fortunate for them, but you could say the same about ours. I don’t know if it was a cross or a chip – I’m sure Willian will say it was a chip!
‘But we’re showing the right characteristics – the ones we had last season. I never thought we were out of that game and we’ve had some decent results in the last couple of months.
‘We’ve got lots of games coming up now and this is clearly a difficult place to come, so we take the point and we’ll keep going.’