Liverpool host Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday in their biggest Premier League game in years, with the Reds looking to collect another three points in their quest for their first League title since 1990.
When these two teams meet it never needs any external factors in order to give the game an added bit of fire.
However, the stakes couldn’t be much higher for Jurgen Klopp and his men, with five games left, Liverpool will have to be near perfect if they are to win the Premier League, especially with the exceptional form of rivals Manchester City.
Chelsea come to Anfield on Sunday knowing that it has big ramifications for them if they fail to take points from Merseyside, with manager Maurizio Sarri under a lot of pressure to deliver Champions League football.
The Blues will come to Anfield hoping to once again play the roles of the party wrecker yet again as they did in 2014 when Jose Mourinho’s side started to derail Brendan Rodgers’ title challenge.
Ahead of Sunday, we have decided to look back at some of the classic encounters between the two clubs, especially some of the Champions League and Premier clashes during the mid-2000s.
May 2005: Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea
Rafa Benitez’s Liverpool side booked their place in their first Champions League final in 21 years, on a night regularly described Anfield’s best European night. After a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge in the first leg the tie was well in the balance for Chelsea’s trip to Anfield.
Luis Garcia opened the scoring within the first five minutes after the ball was flicked over the top over of the Chelsea back four by Steven Gerrard.
Milan Baros was taken out by Petr Cech, before Garcia used the advantage to the flick the ball slightly over the line before William Gallas could hook it clear.
Liverpool held on late until the 95th minute when Dudek failed to punch it clear, the ball fell to Gudjohnsen who’s shot whistled past the bodies in the box and the goal.
Liverpool would go onto to defeat AC Milan in the final in Istanbul, with one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time.
May 2007: Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea
Another classic European tie between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield, two years after their famous encounter was settled by Luis Garcia’s ”ghost goal”.
This time, Chelsea had won the first leg in London 1-0. Liverpool started the second leg really well in what was a very entertaining contest.
The deadlock was broken on 22 minutes when Liverpool were awarded a free kick on the left corner of the box.
A well worked routine from Gerrard resulted in the ball being played to Daniel Agger who neatly curled the ball into the bottom corner.
Neither team was able to make another breakthrough as extra time was unable to separate the two semi-finalists.
Liverpool won the game on penalties (4-1) as Dirk Kuyt stepped up and buried his penalty into the bottom corner.
Liverpool would later lose a repeat of the 2005 final against AC Milan 2-1 in Athens.
October 2015: Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool
Liverpool fans got a first glimpse at what was to come under Jurgen Klopp when he visited Stamford Bridge for the first time with his new club.
Klopp implemented his twist on the squad that he inherited from Brendan Rodgers.
Klopp used Roberto Firmino in a false 9 role, lining up in a 4-3-3 for the first time at the Bridge in October 2015.
Liverpool went behind to an early goal from Ramires, however, Philippe Coutinho produced a moment of magic just before halftime, sliding the ball past a Chelsea player before slotting past Asmir Begovic with his left foot.
Liverpool took the lead in the second half after Coutinho’s shot deflected off former England captain John Terry before flying past the Chelsea keeper and sending the travelling Kopites into raptures.
Christian Benteke capped a fine afternoon for the Reds after his low shot was fired past Begovic.
August 2006: Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool
Liverpool and Chelsea locked horns in the Community Shield at the Millennium Stadium in 2006.
John Arne Riise opened the scoring with a fantastic solo goal.
The left-back picked the ball up following a Chelsea corner from the right-back position before carrying the ball 60 yards, unleashing his cannon of a left foot and finding the bottom corner with just nine minutes gone.
Peter Crouch cancelled out Shevchenko’s first-half equaliser with just 10 minutes left to play. Craig Bellamy found the ball on the left wing before he whipped the ball into box for the 6ft 7 striker to nod home.
Rafa Benitez’s side held on for the final moments of the match and lifted the Community Shield ahead of the 2006-2007 season.
May 2012: Liverpool 4-1 Chelsea
Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool side gained revenge for their FA Cup final defeat three days prior when they beat Chelsea 4-1 at Anfield in May 2012.
Although it was a much changed Chelsea side to the one the Reds had played days early, Liverpool took the lead early on when Luis Suarez’s cross was turned into his own net by Michael Essien.
Jordan Henderson pressed John Terry into a mistake before the former England Captain slipped, allowing Henderson the time to slot home and double the home sides lead.
Moments later, Danish hardman Daniel Agger headed home to give Dalglish’s side a 3-0 lead on 28 minutes.
Chelsea pulled one back after half-time before a mix up in the Chelsea defence allowed Jonjo Shelvey to finish the game off with a fine finish from 30 yards on the volley to cap off a fine night for Kenny Dalglish and his men.
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