5 iconic games between Chelsea and Liverpool
Chelsea vs Liverpool has been an underrated rivalry for quite a while now.
The rivalry really blossomed during Jose Mourinho and Rafael Benitez’s reign where the two teams seemed to face off every other week.
Although maybe not the most thrilling affairs at the time, it has created hostility between the two fanbases.
And the two teams played out another entertaining game on Wednesday night at Anfield in the EFL Cup.
An Eden Hazard wonder-goal helped Chelsea come from behind to win 2-1 and advance to the next round.
And with another match-up between the two sides looming, lets have a look at five iconic matches between the Reds and the Blues:
Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool, May 2003
This game singlehandedly proved the starting point for Chelsea’s success under Roman Abramovich.
Abramovich had already decided to buy a club and when that process started, Chelsea weren’t high on his list.
But a win over Liverpool in the final game helped Chelsea pip the Reds to the final Champions League spot and reportedly earnt Chelsea £20m.
This was all the convincing Abramovich needed apparently as he bought the Blues shortly afterwards and the rest is history.
Liverpool 2-3 Chelsea, February 2005
Despite the good start in Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge, Chelsea were said to be lacking that edge to win the league title.
But the Carling Cup Final in 2005 proved that Chelsea were championship material.
In a moment of pure irony, having courted Steven Gerrard all throughout Euro 2004, his own-goal handed Chelsea an equaliser, before goals from Didier Drogba and Mateja Kezman in extra-time handed Chelsea the trophy.
The final might be most memorable though for Mourinho shushing the Liverpool fans and getting sent off for it.
Chelsea 3-2 Liverpool, April 2008
As a club with limited European football history, the chance to progress to the Champions League final was huge for Chelsea.
After drawing 1-1 at Anfield in the first leg thanks to a 95th minute Jon Arne Riise own-goal, Didier Drogba opened the scoring.
But Fernando Torres took it to extra-time before Frank Lampard – just six days after the death of his mother – restored Chelsea’s lead.
Drogba scored again and a late Ryan Babel screamer wasn’t enough for Liverpool as Chelsea went to their first Champions League final.
Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool, April 2009
What an odd game this was.
Chelsea and Liverpool played out one of the most entertaining European games of all time at Stamford Bridge.
3-1 up after the first leg, Chelsea were quickly pegged back by two Liverpool goals from Fabio Aurelio and Xabi Alonso.
The Blues went 3-2 up with goals from Drogba, Alex, and Lampard and were cruising.
before a quick-fire double from Lucas and Dirk Kuyt has Liverpool just a goal away from progressing.
But Lampard once again stepped up to help restore parity and see Chelsea progress with a 7-5 aggregate.
Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea, April 2014
On the back of a 11-game winning run, Liverpool were hot on the tails of Manchester City for the Premier League title.
But Mourinho – despite resting key players for their upcoming Champions League tie with Atletico Madrid – produced a masterclass in defensive organisation.
Liverpool struggled to break Chelsea down and were eventually punished by Demba Ba after Gerrard’s famous slip:
The 2-0 loss handed the initiative to Manchester City, who wrapped up the title two weeks later.