10 Most Memorable Moments in Chelsea vs. Liverpool Clashes

Garry HayesFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2014

10 Most Memorable Moments in Chelsea vs. Liverpool Clashes

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    This weekend will see Chelsea and Liverpool go head-to-head at Anfield in a game that will ultimately decide where the Premier League title will reside in a few short weeks.

    Liverpool top the table, while Chelsea need a victory to give them any hope of potentially finishing above them.

    Neutrals couldn't have hoped for a more vital game at this stage of the campaign, but as ever, the buildup has been tinged with an air of controversy.

    Chelsea face Atletico Madrid in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final a few days later, and with injuries stacking up Jose Mourinho may field a weakened team at Anfield to preserve his side's chances in Europe.

    It's par for the course where Chelsea and Liverpool are concerned. It's a rare occasion when these teams meet and there isn't a major talking point—good or bad.

    Ahead of the Anfield showdown, we look at 10 of the most memorable moments between Chelsea and Liverpool.

10. Vinnie Jones' Golazo Ends Anfield Winless Streak (1992)

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    In the 1970s and 1980s, when Liverpool enjoyed their dominant spell in English football, Chelsea struggled to get any joy when they ventured north to Anfield.

    In fact, up until 1992, they hadn't won there since a third-round FA Cup tie against the Reds in January 1966, when Bobby Tambling and Peter Osgood gave Chelsea a 2-1 victory.

    You had to go further back to 1935 for the last time Chelsea had won a league game there, too.

    That run of bad luck was ended by a Vinnie Jones golazo in February 1992, giving Chelsea a 2-1 victory.

    As the YouTube clip shows, the goal itself was enough to marvel at, but the fact it came with the significance of ending such a long hoodoo made it even more impressive.

     

9. Liverpool 1-4 Chelsea (2005)

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    Given all that had passed in just a few short months between Chelsea and Liverpool, the Blues' 4-1 thrashing of Rafa Benitez's side at Anfield was significant.

    In February 2005, Jose Mourinho had seen his team defeat Liverpool 3-2 in Cardiff to win the League Cup, while the Reds knocked the Blues out of the Champions League somewhat controversially in May with Luis Garcia's "ghost goal."

    Liverpool went on to win the Champions League, and both clubs were paired in the group stages of the 2005-06 competition.

    Just three days before they met in the Premier League at Anfield, they had drawn 0-0 at the same venue in their first Champions League encounter, so nobody was expecting what was to come.

    Chelsea were rampant, demolishing the Liverpool defence to run out comfortable winners.

    After Chelsea's Champions League heartache, it went some way toward restoring the balance.

8. Chelsea Defeat Liverpool in the League Cup Final (2005)

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    The rivalry between Chelsea and Liverpool had been simmering, but their meeting in the 2005 League Cup sent it into the stratosphere.

    This game had it all: controversy, goals and drama by the bucket load.

    John Arne Riise had scored within the first minute to put Liverpool ahead, but Chelsea came back at them and maintained their pressure.

    It looked like things might not go their way, though, until Steven Gerrard of all people scored an own goal on 79 minutes to level the score.

    At the time, Jose Mourinho had been very publicly courting the Liverpool midfielder, so with a potential move on the cards the joke soon became that Gerrard had scored his first goal for the club.

    Mourinho's celebration of that goal saw him sent to the stands by the referee, too, as he put his finger over his mouth to silence those Liverpool fans who had been goading him throughout.

    Gerrard's goal sent the game into extra time, where Didier Drogba scrambled home his first goal in a final for Chelsea, before Mateja Kezman scored the Blues' third to seemingly put the result beyond doubt.

    Within a minute of Kezman's strike, however, Antonio Nunez had pulled one back, making for a nerve-wracking final seven minutes of the game.

    Chelsea eventually held out to win 3-2 and lift the first trophy of Mourinho's reign.

     

7. Blues Pull off Amazing FA Cup Comeback (1997)

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    Ruud Gullit had started his first season as Chelsea manager with aspirations of winning the FA Cup.

    By half-time in the fourth round, it seemed his dream was over.

    Chelsea were trailing 2-0 to Liverpool after goals from Stan Collymore—now a Bleacher Report columnist—and Robbie Fowler.

    There seemed to be no way back. Oh, but there was.

    Mark Hughes, a substitute at the interval, scored with almost his first touch to put Chelsea back in contention, and eight minutes later a wonder goal from Gianfranco Zola pulled them level.

    From then on it was the Gianluca Vialli show, with the Italian scoring twice to complete an amazing comeback as Chelsea won the game 4-2.

    After a performance like that, would any other club win the FA Cup in 1997? It seemed unlikely, and the Blues eventually went all the way to lift their first major silverware in 26 years.

6. Alex Scores Free-Kick Golazo in Champions League (2009)

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    There are free-kicks, and then there are Alex's thunderbolts.

    The Brazilian earned quite the reputation for his prowess from set pieces during his time at Chelsea, and on the back of this evidence, it's not difficult to see why.

    Alex's golazo came at a vital time in Chelsea's 2009 Champions League quarter-final with Liverpool, too.

    Having won 3-1 at Anfield in the first leg, it seemed Chelsea were destined to reach the semis, but they were doing a good job of throwing it all away.

    Liverpool had been 2-0 ahead on the night at Stamford Bridge—making it 3-3 on aggregate—and the atmosphere was tense.

    Didier Drogba scored on 52 minutes to calm things down somewhat, but Alex's free-kick just five minutes later sent the crowd into rapture.

    It was struck with all the venom and frustration the crowd must have felt earlier in the game, and Pepe Reina stood little chance in goal.

    The game wasn't done there, however.

    Frank Lampard scored two more Chelsea goals, while Lucas and Dirk Kuyt also got themselves on the scoresheet as the match finished 4-4.

    Chelsea went through to face Barcelona, defeating Liverpool 7-5 on aggregate.

5. Chelsea Edge out Liverpool to Reach the Champions League (2003)

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    We've seen it enough this season: The Premier League's fixture list has a habit of throwing up vital matches at crunch time.

    The 2002-03 season was no different.

    Sitting fourth and fifth respectively, Chelsea and Liverpool were separated by just goal difference when they faced off in the final game of the season for the right to be English football's fourth team in the Champions League the following year.

    It was a simple situation for the Reds—win and they were in the promised land, while Chelsea could afford at least a draw based on their superior goal difference.

    It looked to be going pear-shaped, however, when Sami Hyypia put Liverpool ahead after just 11 minutes.

    Could Chelsea's Champions League dream be over?

    The answer was no, and we got it within three minutes when Marcel Desailly pulled Chelsea back on level terms.

    On 27 minutes, Jesper Gronkjaer put Chelsea in front with the goal that would seal Champions League football for the club, as the game remained 2-1.

    We didn't know it at the time, but that victory did more than bring elite European football to Stamford Bridge for a second time—it saved the club's existence.

    A few weeks after Gronkjaer's heroics, Chelsea were a far more attractive proposition for Roman Abramovich, who purchased the club for £140 million, per BBC Sport.

    The Russian billionaire's fortune also cleared Chelsea's debts—debts that would have thrown the club into financial turmoil.

4. Luis Suarez Bites Branislav Ivanovic (2013)

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    It's a moment that will long live in infamy.

    To his credit, Luis Suarez has cleaned his act up considerably this season, but it still doesn't take away from the shock of witnessing him bite Branislav Ivanovic at Anfield in April 2013.

    The striker and defender came together as Ivanovic looked to defend the Chelsea goal in front of the Kop. Disturbingly, rather than attempting to win the ball, Suarez opted to bite his opponent's arm.

    It went unnoticed by the referee and most of the crowd, but TV replays showed Suarez's horrific act, for which he received a 10-game ban.

    To rub salt in the wound on the day, Chelsea eventually drew the game 2-2 when Liverpool equalized in the 90th minute. The scorer? You've guessed it: Luis Suarez.

3. Chelsea Defeat Liverpool to Win the FA Cup (2012)

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    With Kenny Dalglish as manager, Liverpool had never lost a game to Chelsea. And in 2011-12, they had already done the double over the Blues, winning twice at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League and League Cup.

    That was all to change at Wembley in the FA Cup, when the Blues ran out deserving 2-1 winners.

    Ramires put Chelsea in front after just 11 minutes, and not long after the interval, Didier Drogba—playing his last game at Wembley—scored his eighth goal in cup finals for Chelsea to put the Blues in control.

    Substitute Andy Carroll pulled one back for the Reds, but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation as Chelsea won their fourth FA Cup in six years.

2. Emotional Frank Lampard Helps Chelsea Reach Champions League Final (2008)

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    Even though it helped knock their team out of the Champions League semi-final in 2008, not even Liverpool fans could have begrudged Frank Lampard this moment.

    Chelsea and the Reds were vying for a place in the final of the Champions League once more, and with the score 1-1 on aggregate after the first leg at Anfield, it was a real nail-biter at Stamford Bridge.

    Goals from Didier Drogba and Fernando Torres had ensured the game would go to extra-time, where Lampard stepped up to score a vital penalty that helped Chelsea on their way to the final.

    That so much rested on it was pressure enough for the No. 8. That it came in the same week that his mother died was unthinkable.

    Lampard showed great character to dispatch the spot-kick the way he did.

    The goal was an emotional release for him and every Chelsea fan in the stadium who willed him to succeed.

1. Luis Garcia's "Ghost Goal" (2005)

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    Was it over the line?

    Almost a decade on, Luis Garcia's "ghost goal" in the Champions League semi-final is still a major talking point among all football fans, let alone those of Chelsea and Liverpool.

    History says it was, as the referee awarded the goal that would send Liverpool to the Champions League final to face AC Milan.

    As the video above shows, though, it's debatable.

    One thing can be certain: Garcia's "goal" has been a major influence in the rivalry between Chelsea and Liverpool in recent times.

    Has there been a more controversial incident between these clubs?

     

    Garry Hayes is Bleacher Report's lead Chelsea correspondent and will be following the club from a London base throughout the 2013-14 season. Follow him on Twitter here @garryhayes