Even though he was obviously disappointed at the late goal conceded, David Luiz recognised a fine Chelsea performance in an entertaining Premier League encounter yesterday.
The defender played his part in keeping Liverpool at bay until the 89th minute, including when he cleared a Roberto Firmino header off the line during the second half. Eventually it took a long-range Daniel Sturridge strike to cancel out Eden Hazard’s first-half opener and taint David Luiz and co’s excellent defensive efforts.
‘It is frustrating when you do those kind of things and then you concede a goal at the end, but we have to admit it was a great shot for the equaliser,’ he said.
‘It was also a great game. Both sides played really, really well, two great coaches and teams, many fantastic players. It was great for those people watching.
‘We tried to do our best to win the game and we continue to work hard every day. The season is long, it’s just the beginning. Let’s continue to play.’
Hazard lit up the big stage yet again with a clinical finish, his sixth of the league season so far. David Luiz considered whether he was the greatest player he had lined up alongside in his illustrious career.
‘He’s one of the best for sure,’ David Luiz decided.
‘What he is doing is great. I am so happy for him. He’s a big friend and a big player, and he had another amazing game. He is doing better and better every week.’
The Brazilian also had a word on his new manager Maurizio Sarri, who has installed David Luiz in the heart of the defence since the first game of pre-season and has shone thus far under the Italian’s guidance.
‘Sarri is trying to introduce his philosophy every single day and we are trying to learn that as quickly as possible because it’s a great philosophy: try to play every single second with the ball on the ground, quick movements, passes, possession.’