Chelsea striker, Olivier Giroud has disclosed why he dedicated the goal he scored against Liverpool in the Premier League to fellow teammate, David Luiz.
Giroud headed in the only goal of the game, as Chelsea defeated Liverpool 1-0 at the Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The Blues came into the game, needing a victory to keep their slim hopes of squeezing into the top four alive.
The win takes Antonio Conte’s men to 69 points, two behind Tottenham Hotspur, who lost 1-0 to West Brom on Saturday, with two fixtures left.
Giroud, however, said he dedicates the goal he scored against the Reds to Luiz because the Brazilian international is a good friend who is currently going through a tough time at Chelsea.
“I know when Victor [Moses] doesn’t cross the ball at first he’s going to go on his right, so I had to be ready at the front post and luckily I finished it,” Giroud told reporters after the match.
“David Luiz is a good friend, so I was very pleased to dedicate him this goal because he is going through a tough period and he is coming back,” he added.
Meanwhile, Luiz started just one Premier League fixture for the Blues in 2018 and is being linked with a number of European clubs including, Monaco and Napoli.
The defender was a key player for Conte last season, playing over 40 games as the Blues won the Premier League title.
The 31-year-old was dropped earlier in the year following Chelsea’s 4-0 defeat to Roma in the Champions League and Conte has lost faith in the centre-back.
Luiz, however, has been advised to stay at the West London club because it is an exceptional club.