5 Classic Clashes Between Chelsea & Liverpool Ahead of Their Premier League Meeting on Saturday

Put simply, Liverpool vs. Chelsea is one of the classic English football encounters. 

As the two meet for the second time in the space of four days – after the Blues toppled Jurgen Klopp’s men in Wednesday’s Carabao Cup meeting – the two sides have combined to produce many a memorable encounter in their storied history together.

Here are five classic clashes between Red and Blue that live long in the memory. 

1. Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool, Stamford Bridge, 14 April 2009

‘Classic’ is a by-word for games between the two clubs, but here we go back to arguably the greatest game between the duo as both London and Liverpool sides played out a remarkable 4-4 draw in west London in 2009.

With the Blues taking a 3-1 advantage into the second leg on home soil, the visitors scored twice in the opening half hour on the King’s Road through Fabio Aurelio and Xabi Alonso, as Liverpool raced back to level the scores on aggregate.

As Chelsea fans began to sweat, three second half strikes from Didier Drogba, Alex and Frank Lampard looked to have settled matters, before another Reds riposte from Lucas Leiva and Dirk Kuyt in the space of a minute saw the score over the game at 6-5 to the hosts.

Liverpool continued to hammered on the Blues’ door, before Lampard sealed his brace in the 89th-minute to finally put a game Liverpool side to bed. 

Guus Hiddink’s side went on to lose in the semi-finals via controversial officiating from referee Tom Ovrebo, as Andres Iniesta’s last-gasp strike knocked Chelsea out.  

2. Chelsea 3-2 Liverpool, Stamford Bridge, 30 April 2008

The two had again met a season earlier in the last four of same competition, and again the Blues inflicted defeat on their visitors to progress to the final in Moscow.

After a 1-1 draw at Anfield eight days earlier, Didier Drogba opened the scoring in west London, before Fernando Torres took the game to extra time with a 64th-minute goal.

That sparked an explosive period of 30 minutes, as a Lampard penalty and a second from the Ivorian striker gave Chelsea 4-2 aggregate advantage.

Ryan Babel’s effort three minutes from time set up a grandstand finale, but the hosts held on to reach their first final in the competition – before losing to Manchester United on penalties.

3. Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea, Anfield, 3 May 2005

Goals have often been part and parcel of the rivalry between the two, but in 2005 – again in Europe – 120 minutes of football over two semi-final legs produced just the single goal, but had no lack of drama.

After a tense goalless draw at Stamford Bridge, Jose Mourinho took his side north looking to book their spot in the showpiece finale in Istanbul and himself retain the European Cup for the second season on the bounce.

The game was dominated by the game’s major controversy just five minutes into the game. After Steven Gerrard hooked a ball forward above the Chelsea defence, Milan Baros latched onto the ball and bearing down on goal was challenged by Petr Cech in the Blues’ goal.

The Czech forward went down in the box, but as 35,000 Liverpudlians cried for a spot-kick, Luis Garcia was quick to react and poked the ball goal-wards. 

As William Gallas scrambled to clear his lines, Garcia wheeled away to celebrate. Referee Lubos Michel ruled the ball had crossed the line, to the consternation of Mourinho and the Chelsea players, for an effort which has been dubbed as a ‘ghost’ goal, after replays showed the ball had not crossed the line completely.

The visitors threw the kitchen sink at their opponents in the final minutes, and as Eidur Gudjohnsen flashed a shot inches wide in the dying seconds, Rafael Benitez’s men clung on to win, where they would make history in the final less than a few weeks later.

4. Chelsea 4-2 Liverpool, Stamford Bridge, 26 January 1997

When the two met in the fourth round of the FA Cup in 1997, goals were once again not in short supply, as a double from Gianluca Vialli led Chelsea to a 4-2 comeback win over their rivals.

After Robbie Fowler and Stan Collymore had given the Reds an opening 2-0 lead inside 21 first-half minutes, the hosts roared back after the break as Mark Hughes’ 50th-minute goal triggered a rousing comeback.

Gianfranco Zola leveled the match shortly before the hour mark, before a brace from Vialli in the space of 13 minutes sealed an impressive comeback. 

5. Liverpool 4-2 Chelsea, Anfield, 5 October 1997

For our final classic clash, we fast-forward to less than nine months later, as Liverpool exacted their revenge in the Premier League, as Patrik Berger netted a hat-trick to help the Reds to a 4-2 win in front of the Kop – a reverse of the score-line of the previous season.

Berger scored either side of Zola goal mid-way through the opening half, before going on to complete his triple inside an hour. Fowler then scored a fourth to put the result beyond doubt.

A Gus Poyet penalty five minutes from time pulled one back for the Blues, but Liverpool coasted home and had their revenge for FA Cup heartache.

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