One of the most awaited fixtures in the Premier League will have a greater significance this season as Liverpool travel to the Bridge this weekend in a Friday night kick-off. Both clubs have a different approach to the game with a similar will to succeed. The fans of the club hate losing to each other and this has seen some great matches with some electric atmosphere in the grounds.
Over the years, both clubs have produced some sizzling and feisty affairs and have provided some high-quality entertainment. This Friday cannot be any less. To warm ourselves up, here are 3 recent encounters between both sides that will not be forgotten in a hurry.
Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool; 2015
Our first pick is a game as recent as last year when Jose Mourinho, who got off to a disastrous start to the Premier League season gave Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp his first ever victory in the Premier League. This incidentally was Mourinho’s 6th loss inside October and proved to be one of the last nails in the coffin for his career at the Bridge. Phillipe Coutinho produced a sublime brace on the night as Chelsea had no answer to Klopp’s new style in the league and they were left with nothing to take in one of the many forgettable games under Mourinho last season.
Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea; 2014
In what has turned into a match most Liverpool fans (and Premier League fans) will remember for decades, Liverpool blew a lead at the top of the Premier League table against Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea at Anfield in one of the last games in the 2013-14 season under Brendan Rodgers. The Blues set up to defend deep and deny Liverpool any scoring opportunities but a mistake from Steven Gerrard let Demba Ba on goal leaving Liverpool dejected on the night.
That game proved to be the difference at the end of the season as Liverpool came excruciatingly close to their first ever Barclays Premier League title. That slip from Steven Gerrard denied a big moment to the club and that game will be remembered and recollected more, the more time it takes for the Reds to lift the title.
Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool; 2003
In what has come to be called a million dollar goal from Jesper Gronkjaer more than a decade ago, Chelsea managed to beat Liverpool on the final day of the Premiership that season which saw them finish in the 4th place, getting themselves into the qualifying round of the European Cup. The game saw Liverpool let go of a one-goal lead with Steven Gerrard picking up a late red card for a rash tackle on Graeme Le Saux.
This victory saw Chelsea gain a huge financial windfall of about £10m for qualifying for the European competition and it was even bigger as it was the last game in the league for the club before the current billionaire owner, Roman Abramovich took over the Stamford Bridge outfit.
What is your favourite Chelsea vs Liverpool game this century?