Liverpool the Best Team in the World after Ending Chelsea's Unbeaten Home Record

Barney CorkhillSenior Writer IOctober 26, 2008

Tell me, Chelsea fans, how do your words taste?

Okay, gloating and bad sportsmanship over!

The seventh game in the history of Barney Corkhill's Unofficial World Club Championship (UWCC) took place last night as Liverpool travelled to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in a top of the table clash.

The match was the most intriguing in the short history of the UWCC for so many reasons. It showcased the two remaining unbeaten Premier League sides in the league, with the never beaten Liverpool coming up against the seemingly unbeatable Chelsea.

It was the 20th time these two have met in the past four years, so a storied rivalry has been built up. So much so that ahead of the game, Chelsea fans were saying that Liverpool were the one team they didn't want to lose their unbeaten home record to. Not local rivals Fulham, not title rivals Manchester United, but Liverpool.

Unfortunately for the London side, it was the team in red who were smiling at the end, as they became the first team to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the league since Arsenal's "invincibles" four-and-a-half years ago.

A deflected, fortuitous goal for Xabi Alonso gave Liverpool the lead after just nine minutes, and they held out for the remaining 81 to secure a historic win.

The victory announced Liverpool as serious title contenders, and surely permanently squashed the murmurings that Liverpool were a two-man team. They have now beaten Manchester United and Chelsea without Fernando Torres this season, and also without Steven Gerrard for the United game.

It was a day of firsts really. The first time the UWCC title changed hands, the first time Liverpool had scored a league goal at the Bridge under Rafael Benitez, the first match Chelsea had lost in 86 games there, the first time they had lost both this season, and this year, and the first time Luiz Felipe Scolari had tasted defeat in England.

Of the 21 voters, just 23.8 percent chose correctly on whether Liverpool could claim the UWCC title.



Chelsea 4-0 Portsmouth

Stoke 0-2 Chelsea

CFR Cluj 0-0 Chelsea

Chelsea 2-0 Aston Villa

Middlesbrough 0-5 Chelsea

Chelsea 1-0 AS Roma

Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool (Liverpool become new champions)


Liverpool's first title defence comes on Wednesday as they host manager-less Portsmouth at Anfield. Can Portsmouth beat Liverpool and become the best team in the world?!