As a fixture that’s generated screamers, “ghostly” goals and title-ruining moments, picking a few standout entries was no easy task…
Chelsea v Liverpool, Sunday 22 September, 4pm, Sky Sports Premier League/HD (CH 512/502)
Despite the sides being separated by around 220 miles, this match-up has turned into a reasonably juicy rivalry over the last 15 years or so.
With Chelsea’s rapid rise from midtable mediocrity to all-conquering global super club in the early noughties, the Blues have often been at loggerheads with Liverpool, regularly vying with the Reds for a Champions League place, and occasionally for the title itself.
And while Chelsea are unlikely to challenge for the title alongside arguably one of Liverpool’s strongest ever sides, this encounter looks likely to continue the last decade’s trend of delivering a match befitting of any fiery Premier League derby.
Their recent clash in August’s UEFA Super Cup final had all the usual ingredients – contentious penalties, last-gasp goals and plenty of counter-attacking chaos. As such, “weak” as Chelsea’s squad may look, they proved they have the ability to more than ruffle Liverpool’s feathers.
With the Premier League season’s first encounter between the two sides looming, we got to thinking about the litany of legendary moments this clash has thrown up, which we hope this weekend’s fixture will more than match.
So before you grab your red scarf, your blue one, or entirely neutral one altogether and drape it over that ceramic statue of legendary Israeli forward Yossi Benayoun you keep by the telly (…no? Just us?), check out our list of classic clashes these two sides have shared over the years.
2014: The Gerrard slip
Though the 2-0 Chelsea win is remembered for the aforementioned slip that all but “gifted” City the title, we feel it should also be remembered as a managerial masterclass from José Mourinho. His team of “little horses” (interestingly including a fresh-faced Mo Salah) couldn’t compete with Liverpool’s intense, possession-based approach, so Chelsea sat back, waited, and sliced Liverpool apart on the counter-attack in a breathless 90 minutes.
2004: Luis Garcia’s “ghost” goal
It was a Champions League semi-final tie laced with tension, and within four minutes of the opening whistle the ball was in the back of the net. Luis Garcia (or Casper) dinked the ball towards the net and, in a pre-VAR world, the attempt was deemed a goal… despite William Gallas’ clearance looking like it was made well before the ball crossed the line. As such, Liverpool progressed to the final, where they played out a pretty boring match against AC Milan, by all accounts.
Four years on from their first Champions League semi-final meeting, Chelsea finally reaped their revenge. The first leg at Anfield was a tight 1-1 draw. The second leg, however, was an end-to-end five-goal goalfest – a double from Droga, a penalty from Lampard and a strike from Fernando Torres then Ryan Babel in the 117th minute – resulting in a breathtaking finish that saw Chelsea just keep it together long enough to clinch the victory and reach their first ever final.
2009: “Four score and eight goals ago”
If their 2008 semi-final win was revenge for the 2005 semi-final loss, then this quite ridiculous 12-goal quarter-final was “mega revenge”. Liverpool went to Stamford Bridge and turned it up to “all-out attack mode”, bagging four goals (including two in the last ten minutes), but, as is the Liverpool way, also conceded as many, with Lampard’s last-minute penalty securing a 7-5 aggregate win.
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