These two sides head in to this Sunday's game following European action with contrasting team selections and contrasting results. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton face up to a familiar foe…
There was a time when Chelsea and Liverpool seemingly met in every competition imaginable each season. Between 2004 and 2009 we played each other 24 times, virtually five games a season.
2009 to 2011 brought a trial separation - just league matches - but the affair was back on with a vengeance last season, encounters in both domestic cup competitions adding to the annual fixtures.
The Scousers have won five of the last six meetings, but it was Chelsea's day when the two teams met in last season's FA Cup final at Wembley, goals from Ramires (pictured below) and Didier Drogba making Andy Carroll's strike a mere consolation.
This is the first Barclays Premier League match for which John Terry is available after his ban. In his absence Chelsea conceded 12 goals in five matches on all fronts. The Blues have not managed to prevent the opposition scoring in the last seven matches.
Visitors Liverpool are without a win in three domestic matches and have slipped into the bottom half of the Premier League with 11 points from 10 matches. This is their worst showing from the start of a league season since 1910/11. After 10 games back then they were bottom with just six points.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was of course an important and much admired member of the backroom staff at Chelsea in the mid-2000s, known for his modern methodology.
In the recent Channel 5 series Being: Liverpool he was seen using a mind game on his players, holding up three sealed envelopes supposedly containing the names of the people 'who will let us down this season.' He might now wonder whether he filled enough envelopes.
Many of Rodgers's squad missed the long-haul round trip to play Anzhi Makhachkala in Moscow this week. Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Glen Johnson, Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Joe Allen, Nuri Sahin, Raheem Sterling, José Enrique and Pepe Reina all stayed at home to prepare for this game.
The Blues played at home on Wednesday night and enjoyed a huge morale boost, inflicting a first defeat in 25 matches on highly impressive Shakhtar Donetsk.
The importance of Victor Moses's last-seconds strike - his third header for the Blues - was evident in the goalscorer's multiple celebrations. But the real victor value lies in the three points.
Crucially, a share of the spoils in the Juventus Stadium on 20 November would now leave the Blues requiring a win at home against Nordsjaelland to progress to the knockout phase of this competition. Victory in Turin would confirm Chelsea's qualification there and then.
Barclays Premier League fixtures
Arsenal v Fulham 3pm
Everton v Sunderland 3pm
Reading v Norwich 3pm
Southampton v Swansea 3pm
Stoke v QPR 3pm
Wigan v West Brom 3pm
Aston Villa v Manchester United 5.30pm - Sky Sports
Manchester City v Tottenham 1.30pm - Sky Sports
Newcastle v West Ham 3pm
Chelsea v Liverpool 4pm - Sky Sports
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WE HAVE HISTORY
Liverpool were the first opposition ever to play at Stamford Bridge, in a friendly on 4 September 1905. The Pensioners won 4-0 with goals from Martin Moran, Jimmy Windridge and Bob McRoberts with a brace.
It is a fixture that has often gone the hosts' way even when our fortunes were otherwise at a low ebb.
In March 1978 Liverpool arrived as European champions and title-chasers to play a Chelsea side 16th in Division One and still smarting from defeat in the FA Cup at the hands of lowly Orient. The Blues had dumped Liverpool out of the same competition a few months earlier at the Bridge and 35,550 came to see if the triumph could be repeated.
Lightning was indeed about to strike twice. The Reds actually took the lead early in the second half when Mickey Droy was ruled to have fouled Kenny Dalglish in the box; Phil Neal converted the spot-kick.
With Ray Wilkins orchestrating from midfield, though, the Blues equalised five minutes later. The Chelsea skipper sent Tommy Langley scurrying down the left, and Ray Clemence was easily beaten from just inside the box.
The goal that handed Ken Shellito's side the lead featured what the perpetrator Alan Hanson would undoubtedly call 'schoolboy stuff' - the Scot sending a back-pass towards Clemence that was intercepted by striker Steve Finnieston and gleefully dispatched.
With panic rising in the Liverpudlians' experienced back four Emlyn Hughes gifted a back header to the same Chelsea attacker, who made it 3-1. 'Our week started as a disaster,' said Shellito afterwards. 'It's nice to have something to smile about now.'
Back to the present, and Liverpool are looking for a fifth successive victory against the Blues in the Premier League.
Last season Liverpool achieved the double against Chelsea for the third time in four seasons.
Liverpool have won five times in 30 encounters at Stamford Bridge since 1990 although the Blues have won 11 of our last 16 home Premier League meetings.
Our last league win at Stamford Bridge was three years ago when second-half goals from Nicolas Anelka and Florent Malouda secured the points for the Blues.
Our last 10 league meetings at Stamford Bridge
2002/03 - Chelsea won 2-1
2003/04 - Liverpool won 1-0
2004/05 - Chelsea won 1-0
2005/06 - Chelsea won 2-0
2006/07 - Chelsea won 1-0
2007/08 - Drew 0-0
2008/09 - Liverpool won 1-0
2009/10 - Chelsea won 2-0
2010/11 - Liverpool won 1-0
2011/12 - Liverpool won 2-1
Other matches last season
29 November 2011 Carling Cup quarter-final
Maxi Rodriguez 57
5 May 2012 FA Cup final (Wembley)
Ramires 10 Carroll 63
8 May 2012 Barclays Premier League
Essien og 18 Ramires 49
Liverpool v Chelsea in all competitions
Games played 164
Chelsea wins 57
Liverpool wins 74
Head to head in the League at Stamford Bridge
Games played 69
Chelsea wins 37
Liverpool wins 18
Biggest league win at Stamford Bridge for each team
Chelsea 6-1 Liverpool - 28/08/1937
Chelsea 2-5 Liverpool - 16/12/1989
Chelsea won a trophy: 176
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,731
Liverpool won the league: 8,226
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