The subplots to the 2005 League Cup Final between Chelsea and Liverpool were numerous.
This was both Jose Mourinho and Rafael Benitez's first chance to win silverware with their new clubs, Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard appeared to be on the verge of a move to Stamford Bridge (as he admitted to the Daily Mail in 2009) and the two clubs were chasing the Champions League.
John Arne Riise scored the quickest goal in a League Cup Final to open the scoring for the Merseyside club, but with 11 minutes left, Gerrard deflected a free kick beyond his own goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek to send the game into extra time.
The equaliser also prompted Mourinho to put his finger to his lips in front of the Liverpool fans before the Chelsea boss was asked to leave the dugout by the match official.
In the 107th minute, Didier Drogba put Chelsea ahead when he smuggled the ball over the line from a Glen Johnson throw-in.
Five minutes later, Mateja Kezman, who had struggled for goals since joining Chelsea in from PSV Eindhoven for £5.2 million in the summer of 2004, added a third and the cup seemed to be on its way to Stamford Bridge.
But just a minute later, Antonio Nunez pulled a goal back for Liverpool to ensure a nervy finish to the game before Chelsea ran out 3-2 winners.
Liverpool and Benitez, though, would have their revenge before the season had finished.