Staying unbeaten at Anfield

It may have been a long-time bogey ground but Chelsea will be looking to extend our unbeaten run at Anfield to seven games when we visit Liverpool in the Premier League this weekend.

Along with Merseyside’s other Premier League venue, Goodison Park, Anfield has been the Blues’ most visited away ground, with this Saturday marking our 86th visit. However, it was often the scene of disappointment for the Blues in the past as we endured long barren spells there.

We once went 57 years without an away league win against Liverpool, a run of nine draws and 22 defeats which began in December 1935 and mercifully came to an end in February 1992 when goals from Vinnie Jones and Dennis Wise earned us a 2-1 victory.

That record makes for hard reading, if you extend the sampling period to 84 years from October 1919 to August 2003 when we managed two league wins but drew 12 times and suffered 39 losses. We suffered nine defeats in our first 11 Premier League visits which was finally put to rest when Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s late strike secured a 2-1 victory in our opening game of the 2003/04 season.

Our results there during the next decade were somewhat mixed, as we beat Liverpool 4-1 in October 2006 en route to the Premier League title but then lost by the same score in May 2012, after Roberto Di Matteo made eight changes to the side that had beaten the Reds in the FA Cup final three days earlier.

That was our 46th league defeat and 51st loss overall at Anfield but we have had two wins and four draws on our last six visits, marking Chelsea’s longest-ever unbeaten run at the Merseyside ground.

The Blues famously won 2-0 in April 2014, a result which proved crucial in denying Liverpool a first league championship since 1990, and claimed a 2-1 victory the following November during our successful run to the title.

We also drew 1-1 in the first leg of a League Cup semi-final in January 2015 as we went on to lift the trophy for the fifth time and were unfortunate not to pick up another win in April 2013 when Luiz Suarez escaped a red card for biting Branislav Ivanovic before equalising in stoppage time in a 2-2 draw.

There have been 1-1 stalemates on our past two trips with Eden Hazard netting a fine solo effort for the Blues in May 2016 and David Luiz firing home a stunning free-kick last January.

Anfield remains an intimidating venue for visiting teams with Liverpool unbeaten at home since a 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace last April. However, with seven wins in our last eight away matches in the Premier League, the Blues will not be short of confidence as we look to extend our fine recent record at the home of the Reds.