Chelsea supporters are delighted that Kurt Zouma has done them a “favour” by scoring West Ham United’s third goal in their 3-1 win over Liverpool on Sunday evening.
The Hammers went 1-0 up very early on after Reds goalkeeper Alisson turned the ball into his own net while being under pressure from a corner.
However, the visitors levelled the match at the London Stadium before the half-time break through Trent Alexander-Arnold, but there was more to come from West Ham in the second period.
Pablo Fornals made it 2-1 after beating Alisson on the counter-attack before Zouma headed in the Irons’ third, which compelled Liverpool to their first Premier League defeat of the season.
Zouma’s header turned out to be the decisive goal for West Ham as Divock Origi got one back for the Reds with less than 10 minutes remaining.
Chelsea remain top of the table, as they would have done regardless of the result, but it means their 1-1 draw with Burnley on Saturday sees them gain a point on Liverpool.
Blues supporters, when taking to Twitter after Zouma’s goal, have said the same thing about their former defender, who has done them a huge favour in the title race.
Zouma signed for West Ham over the summer transfer window and has made a really good start for the Hammers since his £30million move from Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to the Evening Standard last month, Zouma explained his decision to leave Chelsea and admitted that he needed a new challenge in his career.
He said: “I wanted something different. A challenge. We won a title last year with Chelsea and I wasn’t in the starting XI at the end. I wanted to be somewhere where I could compete for that, playing week in, week out.
“Things happen. It is destiny. A new manager came in and he made choices and everything was working well for us. I wasn’t in the starting XI as often as I would expect to be. This is the manager’s choice and he made them right, obviously. As a player I have to accept it. This is in the past.
“I spoke to the manager of West Ham and he convinced me to come and join this beautiful team. I spoke to the manager and it wasn’t very long, but what he said to me was his views for me and it was very clear.
“You know when you have that conversation with the manager it gives you confidence, it gives you a big boost and that is what I needed and that is why I came here.
“What they did last year was just brilliant. They deserved where they finished, playing in the Europa League, that’s where I think West Ham should be playing every year and that’s the target now.
“This is a club with big ambitions. We know that the Premier League is going to be difficult, there are many, many teams that can compete for the Champions League and Europa League — obviously West Ham are one of those teams.”
Source by Football London