Chelsea take on one of their fiercest but underrated rivals Liverpool in a bid to secure 3rd place and Champions league football for next season. We look back at some of the most memorable matches between the two sides.
Chelsea 4-2 Liverpool 1997
Definitely a game for the history books, Chelsea met Liverpool on their way to winning the FA cup in the 4th round. Things didn’t start well for the Blues 2 nil at half time. Gullit knew he needed to make a change and a vital one at that if Chelsea had any hope of progressing to the next round of the cup.
Enter Mark Hughes to make an immediate impact. You could see he was up for the fight and inspired the comeback by scoring the first of Chelsea’s goals to get them back in the competition. He also had a hand in setting up Zola to score a thunderous strike for Chelsea’s second. A Gianluca Vialli double wrapped up the game with 15 minutes to go and the comeback was complete.
Chelsea 3-2 Liverpool 2008
Chelsea knew they would have to bring their A game to reach the Champions League final after a one all draw at Anfield.
Didier Drogba kicked things off for Chelsea by scoring in the 33rd minute and giving Chelsea that step closer to the final. Future blues player Fernando Torres scored in the 64th minute to take the game to extra time. Arguably an emotional night for Frank Lampard and helped restore Chelsea’s lead when he scored from the spot after Michael Ballack was fouled. Drogba wrapped up the win with his second goal of the match in the extra time. Ryan Babel scored a consolation goal for Liverpool but it was too late.
Chelsea’s victory was sweet revenge for the Blues having been knocked out of the competition at this stage three times in the last four years, including twice by Liverpool in 2005 and 2007.
Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool 2012
After a lack luster performance in the league, the blues knew that if they had any hope of playing European football then they would need to beat Liverpool.
Ramires fired the blues ahead by scoring the opening goal early on. Chelsea went in at half-time knowing that their names would be on the trophy if they held on for 45 minutes. Chelsea’s chances of winning the FA Cup were boosted even further when Drogba knack of scoring important goals in FA cup finals and this match was no different. The Ivorian netted early in the second half, taking his Wembley goal tally in finals to four. This goal proved to be decisive as Chelsea would concede in the 64th minute but they held on to take the win and the trophy. This would end up being Roberto Di Matteo’s first trophy for the club before going on to beat Bayern in Munich in the Champions League final.
Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea 2014
There have been some classic matches between Liverpool and Chelsea but this match in particular is a match that Chelsea fans will never forget. Liverpool were hot on the heels of Manchester City for the title with an eleven game winning streak. Enter Chelsea to ruin the fun.
This match was made even better when Steven Gerrard uttered the words ‘let’s not slip up’, only for him to slip and gift Demba Ba a goal and give Chelsea a one nil lead. It was a Jose Mourinho classic of him parking the bus and it worked so well that Liverpool had great difficulty breaking down Chelsea’s play. However, that wasn’t the end of the torment for them when Willian all but sealed the victory after Torres took Simon Mignolet wide to wrap up a 2-nil win for Chelsea. Furthermore, this victory stopped Liverpool having a chance of winning the 2013/14 title.
Chelsea 2-0 Liverpool 2020
Chelsea fans were hoping that they wouldn’t get Liverpool in the next round of the FA cup but luck wasn’t on the fans side. However, in a season where Chelsea have been up and down against the top six, this was one of Chelsea’s best performances of the season.
Liverpool hot off their loss against Watford and seemingly ending their “unbeaten record” in the league, their confidence was low. It seems that blunders from Spanish keepers is catching with Adrian gifted Willian a goal after he fumbled an easy chance. That’s not to say that Liverpool didn’t have chances but Kepa was on fine form after being dropped for a few games.
The game was over in the 64th minute when Ross Barkley surged from inside Chelsea’s half on a solo run before beating Adrian with an emphatic strike. It was made even sweeter by the fact that Barkley used to play for Liverpool’s rivals Everton.
This match also gave us a glimpse into the kind of player Billy Gilmour will be for the club in the foreseeable future.