On the eve of Chelsea welcoming Liverpool to Stamford Bridge for the second Friday night game of the season, we take a look at some of their most memorable match-ups.
Liverpool 2 – 3 Chelsea (aet) – Carling Cup Final – February 2005
Chelsea were the victors of this entertaining League Cup clash which secured Jose Mourinho’s first trophy at the club. Things looked bleak for the Blues as John Arne Riise smashed a stunning volley, the quickest goal in competition history, past Petr Cech. In a twist of fate, Reds captain Steven Gerrard opened the scoring for Chelsea in unfortunate fashion as he deflected Paulo Ferreira’s free kick past Jerzy Dudek.
Mourinho was sent off for hushing the Liverpool fans as the game eked into extra time. Goals from Didier Drogba and Mateja Kezman in the extra period gave Chelsea a lead that was nervily kept despite Antonio Nunez heading Liverpool within reach.
Liverpool 1 – 0 Chelsea – UEFA Champions League – May 2005
Also known as the game with the ‘ghost goal’, this Champions League tie was tense throughout. Luis Garcia opened the scoring with the dubious goal on just four minutes, with Mourinho adamant the ball had not crossed the line as it was cleared by William Gallas.
Chelsea protests fell on deaf ears as referee Lubos Michel was not to be swayed. The goal proved to be the only one scored across the two legs and more evidence in favour of goal line technology. Liverpool went on to win the final against AC Milan in equally memorable fashion.
Chelsea 3 – 2 Liverpool – UEFA Champions League – May 2008
In 2008, it was to be Chelsea who would beat their rivals en route to their first ever Champions League final. It was the second time in three years that the teams had duelled in the semis, with Chelsea eventually getting one over their rivals in this dramatic encounter at the Bridge. Riise scored an own goal in the first leg to give Chelsea a vital away goal.
Frank Lampard scored a penalty on his return after the death of his mother that swung the tie in Chelsea’s favour. The Blues fell at the final hurdle however, losing to Manchester United in the final in Moscow.
Chelsea 4 – 4 Liverpool – UEFA Champions League – April 2009
There were goals galore in this hugely entertaining draw, which came just a year after the 3-2 epic. With Chelsea leading 3-1 after the first leg, a Steven Gerrard-less Liverpool surprisingly took a 2-0 lead into half time with goals from Fabio Aurelio and Xabi Alonso. Chelsea pegged them back thanks to Drogba and Alex’s thunderbolt of a free kick before Frank Lampard gave them the lead. Liverpool fought back through Lucas Leiva and Dirk Kuyt before Lampard finished off a truly memorable match. Chelsea booked a semi-final appearance against eventual winners Barcelona, who they lost to in controversial circumstances.
Liverpool 2 – 2 Chelsea – Premier League – April 2013
Whereas the other games on this list were notable for their footballing quality, this one was memorable because of one Luis Suarez. Suarez decided that Branislav Ivanovic looked just as tasty as Otman Bakkal, by taking a bite of frustration out of his opponent after a clash.
The incident went unpunished and was followed by Suarez taking a chomp at Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini in the 2014 World Cup. After his bite on the big Italian, Suarez was banned from football for four months and swiftly sold to Barcelona for £75 million.