Ross Barkley said he had fulfilled “a dream” by scoring against Liverpool as his strike helped Chelsea reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
The ex- Everton midfielder scored the Blues’ second midway through the second half as Frank Lampard ’s side secured a quarter-final berth.
Barkley grew up supporting the Reds’ Merseyside rivals Everton, and spent 13 years at his boyhood club before moving to Stamford Bridge in 2018.
The 26-year-old had not scored in 11 previous appearances against the Reds but ended his duck with a brilliant solo effort on Tuesday night.
“It was brilliant, a massive result for the lads,” Barkley told the BBC after the game. “We needed a top performance tonight at home after two disappointing results.
Ross Barkley said he had fulfilled “a dream” by scoring against Liverpool
“Scoring against Liverpool is massive for me. As an Everton fan, it’s always a dream to score against them.”
Liverpool made seven changes to the side that lost surprisingly at Watford on Saturday – the first reverse of their league campaign after 18 successive victories left them on the brink of a first title for 30 years.
But Jurgen Klopp still started with the likes of Virgil van Dijk , Sadio Mane , Andy Robertson, and Fabinho in the line up.
Ross Barkley joined Chelsea from Everton
They had their chances to get on the scoresheet and could have made the contest more interesting had it not been for the goalkeeping heroics of the returning Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The result means Liverpool have now lost three of their last four games in all competitions and are having somewhat of an unexpected slump.
Barkley also reserved special praised for fellow midfielder Billy Gilmour, the 18-year-old who earned man of the match with a terrific display.
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“Billy was brilliant,” he added. “But it was…