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PMB: Liverpool v Chelsea - history

With the help of club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton, we look back on some past encounters with today's opponents...


We Have History

Chelsea are looking to extend our unbeaten run at Anfield to nine league and cup games since our last defeat in 2012, when Roberto Di Matteo was in charge, although that game was sandwiched between us beating them in the FA Cup final and winning the Champions League final.

The Reds have not kept a clean sheet in the last 15 Premier League matches between the sides. The Blues have managed two over the same period.

The Londoners have not lost on the past six Premier League visits to this corner of Merseyside, and have won six and drawn five of the last 15 top-flight matches there.

It is a far cry from the old order, in which the previous 60 league matches brought only five Blues wins. In fact, when a side missing Kerry Dixon and Paul Elliott secured victory there in February 1992, it was the first in the league for 56 years.

Ian Porterfield’s side were good value for the 2-1 win. Vinnie Jones’ early volley crashed in off the bar but Ronnie Rosenthal equalised. With 15 minutes to go, Dennis Wise completed a lovely flowing move and, after Mike Marsh felled Clive Allen, the same player saw Bruce Grobbelaar stop a penalty kick that would have made it 3-1.

Five years ago this month Brendan Rodgers was confident of steering the Reds to a first ever Premier League title, and standing in his way was a greatly depleted Blues line-up.

With a Champions League semi-final first leg at Atletico Madrid to come three days later and Petr Cech, John Terry and Eden Hazard injured and Ramires banned, Jose Mourinho picked a team featuring the less regularly used Mark Schwarzer, Ashley Cole, Andre Schurrle, 20-year-old Premier League debutant Tomas Kalas, and, of course, Demba Ba.

The Blues’ 2-0 win ended the Reds’ title chances after Steven Gerrard miscontrolled a cross-field pass and Ba famously raced clear to score, then Willian broke away when Iago Aspas’s corner was intercepted by the Brazilian.


The following season Emre Can scored early on but Mourinho’s men responded quickly through Gary Cahill and, midway through the second period, Diego Costa dispatched after Simon Mignolet made a mistake. Having thwarted the hosts the year before, the Blues went on to win the Premier League ourselves.

There have been three straight 1-1 draws since then, with Chelsea coming closest in January 2017 when Georginio Wijnaldum equalised David Luiz’s opener, and Mignolet saved Diego Costa’s late penalty.

The Londoners have already tasted victory at Anfield this season back in September’s round three of the Carabao Cup. The game hinged on three second half goals, the first by former Blue Daniel Sturridge, but the second and third by Emerson and Hazard in reply.

 


BLUE NOTES

Young South African striker Derek Smethurst scored the decisive goal in the first leg of the Cup Winners’ Cup semi-final against Manchester City on 14 April 1971. The Blues won the away leg by the same margin to reach the final.


 


OUR LAST LEAGUE MEETING AT ANFIELD


Biggest League win at Anfield for each team

Liverpool 6-0 Chelsea - 20/04/1935
Liverpool 1-4 Chelsea - 25/12/1907 & 02/10/2005

 

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