Article by Jack Gill (@JackLFCGill)
The Reds play Chelsea on Sunday in what could turn out to be a vital fixture in this seasons title race. Whilst Sky have spent the whole week focusing on the 13/14 game which saw our title hopes suffer a massive blow losing 2-0 at Anfield with goals from Demba Ba and Willian after an unfortunate slip from Steven Gerrard, I’m going to be concentrating on the more positive fixtures vs Chelsea for us Reds. We haven’t beaten the Blues at Anfield since 2012 but hopefully that will change on Sunday and a win would be absolutely HUGE in our push for the title.
Anyway without further ado, here are in my opinion, our top five games against Chelsea in recent years
3rdMay 2005: Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea
This Champions League semi-final fixture had to be in this article. After a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg, the 1-0 win was enough to put us through to the Champions league final, which we went on to win in a superb way and some may say it was well and truly written in the stars that we would win the Champions League that year. This game was another slice of good fortune that we got during that 2005 Champions League run. A fifth minute ‘ghost goal’ from Luis Garcia was enough to put LFC through to the Champions League final.
In the fifth minute of the game Milan Baros was released and tried to dink it over Petr Cech. The Chelsea goalkeeper denied his Czech Republic counterpart by fouling him in the area (people are quick to forget about that) and the ball fell to Luis Garcia who turned the ball goal-bound. William Gallas cleared the ball off the line but the officials deemed that the ball had gone over the line and gave the goal. (How they thought the ball had crossed the line I will never know but hey ho, I for one am not complaining).
Chelsea then had a golden chance to equalise and get the vital away goal in the later stages when Jerzy Dudek came out to punch a cross field header but the ball fell to Eidur Gudjohnsen who with an open goal to finish in, somehow fired wide.
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16th September 2016: Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool
Our last win against Chelsea came at Stamford Bridge in 2016. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool faced Antonio Conte’s Chelsea in a league game at the Bridge. The win meant that Liverpool had now only lost twice in their last ten games at Stamford Bridge. It was none other than Dejan Lovren who took the lead for the Reds in the opening twenty minutes, finishing off a superb cross from Phillipe Coutinho. Skipper Jordan Henderson made it 2-0 before the break with a superb finish from 30 yards before Diego Costa pulled a goal back for the home side with half an hour to go, finishing past Simon Mignolet to give the Blue hope. Liverpool held on to beat the eventual Champions by a 2-1 score line.
8th May 2012: Liverpool 4-1 Chelsea
Our last win at Anfield against Chelsea came in a hammering for the London side in 2012. Ivanovic thundered a header against the post early on but the Reds took the lead, not long after an own goal by Michael Essien.
The Ghanaian Midfielder steering the ball into his own net after Luis Suarez had gone on a sparkling run. Jordan Henderson, who enjoys scoring against Chelsea, got the second, capitalising on a slip from John Terry and finishing calmly passed Ross Turnbull in the Chelsea goal. Three minutes later, it was 3-0 after an Agger header.
Liverpool had a chance to make it four when Ivanovic bundled Andy Carroll down in the Chelsea area but Stewart Downing’s penalty came off the post and stayed out. Ramires pulled a goal back for the visitors, five minutes after the break, after a Florent Malouda free-kick resulted in a pin-ball like situation with Ramires getting the final touch past Pepe Reina. The game was to finish 4-1 though and it was Jonjo ‘Voldemort’ Shelvey who got Liverpool’s final goal of the day with a long range screamer after a poor goal kick by Ross Turnbull fell straight to the bald Kaka.
14th April 2009: Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool
Unfortunately for us, this result wasn’t enough to put us through to the Champions League semi-final, but it was a brilliant game. After a 3-1 defeat in the first leg at Anfield, we knew we had a difficult task on our hand when we arrived at the Bridge.
We started superbly and took a 2-0 lead into half-time after a clever long range free-kick from Fabio Aurelio and an Alonso penalty had put us back in the tie. It wasn’t going to be plain sailing for us Reds though as Chelsea came out after the break a different side and seven minutes after half-time they pulled one back through Didier Drogba with a finish that Pepe Reina should have done better with as the Ivorian beat the Spaniard at his near post.
Five minutes later, we were level after an extraordinary free-kick from distance by Alex and we could have no complaints about that one, a glorious strike from the Brazilian. The tie appeared to be over when Lampard got in on the act with 15 minutes to go but the game wasn’t over, yet. A deflected Lucas Leiva strike gave us the equaliser and hope at 3-3 before a Kuyt header left us needing to score one more to go through to the semi-final. LFC continued to pepper the Chelsea goal but Chelsea would be the side that got the goal as Frank Lampard got his second of the night and ensured the game finished level at 4-4.
31st October 2015: Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool
Pressure on Jose Mourinho intensified as we beat the Blues 3-1 at their own backyard. It was Chelsea who struck first, Ramires heading in an Azpilicueta cross to put Chelsea a goal ahead in the first five minutes but after some brilliance from Brazilian Phillipe Coutinho, the game was level at halftime. With 15 minutes to go, Coutinho put us ahead, set-up by a cushioned header from Christian Benteke and Benteke himself made it 3-1 in the latter stages of the game with a deflected strike.
To be honest with you, my arse has gone ahead of this crunch clash against the Blues and I have enjoyed writing about previous wins in this fixture to help settle my nerves a bit. Nonetheless, a win today will be absolutely huge so let’s get behind the boys.
Article by Jack Gill (@JackLFCGill)