Cahill netted his first goal of the season on Saturday, capitalising on confusion in the Liverpool penalty area to strike the equaliser for Chelsea.
The English international has been a key part of the impressive Blues side this season, appearing in every minute of their Premier League campaign as the West Londoners sit atop the table after 11 games. Despite conceding more goals than expected at this early stage of the season - letting in 11 so far - Cahill, and defensive partner John Terry, have excelled, and their defensive ability has been vital in allowing Chelsea’s attacking talent to express themselves in a more free-flowing style than seen in recent years.
Having appeared in every Premier League game this season, Cahill has been part of the defence who have yet to lose a game - a run which continued following the 2-1 victory over Liverpool on Saturday. The Englishman netted the equalising goal in the game, making up for the deflection off him which gave the Reds the lead, and he admitted to the official Chelsea website that he was delighted to play a part in the upkeep of the Blues' incredible run.
The 28-year-old said: “It was massively important for us to keep our run going. We had some tough moments in the game and I felt we dug in and defended well as a team.
“We know we can hurt teams and we created a few chances. It’s a very hard place to go and get any type of result so we’re delighted with the win.
“I went out to make the block and unfortunately sometimes that [deflection] happens. After that you almost feel like you owe the team so I was delighted to level things up.”
Having finally been on the scoresheet for this campaign, Cahill admitted that he needs to work on his finishing ability so that he can add more goals to his game.
“It’s my first goal of the season so I think I need to add that to my game,” he added.
Saturday’s goal was Cahill’s 11th in Chelsea colours in all competitions, adding to the 19 he had registered whilst with former clubs Aston Villa, Bolton, Burnley and Sheffield United. Well regarded for his ability in front of goal, there is no guessing just how good the English international will become if he continues to work on improving the supposedly ‘weak’ part of his game.