Return of this series sees Liverpool playing Chelsea at home after losing the last 3 games at Anfield already to Swansea, Southampton and Wolves respectively. The past few games vs Chelsea have yielded mixed results in the last 2 or so years…so let’s get into them.
Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool: 16/12/16 at Stamford Bridge
The first fixture between these two clubs earlier in the season ended 1-2 to Liverpool thanks to an early goal from Dejan Lovren and a thunderbolt from captain Jordan Henderson. Diego Costa got a consolation goal midway through the 2nd half but it was to no avail as Liverpool held on for all 3 points. Lovren gave Liverpool the lead very early in the first half as he was left unmarked to volley home a cross past Courtois but the goal of the game came from Jordan Henderson. A hesitant clearance from Cahill gave the ball to Henderson a good 30 yards out from Chelsea’s goal line. One touch to set it out of his feet and a beautiful curling effort left Courtois grasping at thin air. Despite Martin Tyler’s lack lustre commentary, the goal was a thing of beauty. Liverpool’s poor defense came to fruition again as Diego Costa pounced on Liverpool’s inability to clear a ball by sneaking one in at the near post after a few bounces in the box. Result 1-2 to Liverpool.
Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea: 11/05/16 at Anfield
In what would be the penultimate league game of the season for the Reds, Chelsea came to Anfield after a wretched season attempting to defend their title. Caretaker manager Guus Hiddink came in following the sacking of Jose Mourinho but the Dutch manager couldn’t guide the ailing Blues beyond a 10th place finish. Chelsea took the lead on the night against a near-full strength Liverpool side, thanks to a wonderful solo goal from Belgian danger-man Eden Hazard. The match remained at 1-0 until stoppage time in the second half when Hazard’s compatriot, Christian Benteke headed home his final goal for Liverpool to salvage a point for the Reds as it ended 1-1 on the night.
Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool: 31/10/15 at Stamford Bridge
Jurgen Klopp’s biggest test since he became Liverpool Manager 2 weeks prior to this match. And it did not start off well. Ramires scoring after 4 minutes put a damper on the situation but, on the brink of HT, Coutinho scooped inside Ramires and sent a curling effort in to the side netting, picture perfect goal from the Brazilian. Phillipe Coutinho struck again 15 mins from time after his shot took a small deflection off of John Terry after a nice one-two with Benteke but tipped the game into Liverpool’s favour. Benteke added a goal late into the game as well which took all 3 points to Anfield. Result 1-3 to Liverpool
Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool: 10/05/15 at Stamford Bridge
As this was Chelsea’s first game after being confirmed league champions for the season, meaning the contest was played for little more than pride. Liverpool formed a guard of honour for Chelsea as they emerged from the tunnel, repaying the favour from 59 years prior when Chelsea formed a guard of honour for Liverpool upon their confirmation as league champions. On the day, John Terry gave the home side the advantage inside 5 minutes, though their lead didn’t last as Gerrard equalised just before half time, scoring his 119th Premier League goal, overtaking Michael Owen as Liverpool’s second highest scorer in the competition, leaving him behind only Robbie Fowler who had scored 128 Premier League goals for the Reds. Throughout the second half the score remained the same and Liverpool came away from the Bridge with a draw to show for their efforts.
Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool: 27/01/15 at Stamford Bridge (League Cup)
Following the first leg of the League cup semi-final, Liverpool went into the match in London level, 1-1 on aggregate after Raheem Sterling’s solo effort cancelled out Eden Hazard’s first half penalty. After 90 minutes the game ended 0-0 and so extra time was required to decide a winner, but if the match ended 0-0 after extra time had concluded, Chelsea would progress on away goals. In their need to find an away goal, Brendan Rodgers’ men fell short in defending a corner and Serbian full back, Branislav Ivanovic headed home from a corner to give Chelsea a 1-0 win and secure a trip to Wembley where they would face Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup final.
Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea: 03/05/05 at Anfield (Champions League Semi Final)
If you are a Chelsea fan reading this, you probably won’t want to read further on. I was torn between putting this game and the 4-4 draw at Anfield in 2009 as the standout match. But as the latter saw us knocked out of the competition, I went for the former which had the most controversy and led to arguably the greatest Champions League Final in modern memory. This game is known for that infamous (but beautiful nonetheless) “Ghost Goal” scored by Luis Garcia. For the sake of full disclosure, based on the rise of technology, it transpires that the ball did not full cross the line but the goal stood which is probably good for Petr Cech’s sake. After a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge in the 1st leg, Liverpool and Chelsea settled everything at Anfield. 5 min into the game, Baros was put clean through and lobbed the ball over Petr Cech’s head which resulted in Baros being fouled by the goalkeeper. But the play resumed with advantage to Liverpool and Luis Garcia flicked the ball over John Terry and the ball bounced towards the goal line. Luis Garcia wheeled away in celebration as he believed he had scored while Gallas cleared the ball in Row Z from the goal line. The goal was given. Chelsea were irate. Liverpool were jubilant. Liverpool held on for the win in the end and set up a meeting with AC Milan which turned out to be the Greatest Night in Istanbul. Result 1-0 to Liverpool