A recap of the last five times these two teams met at Anfield
For the London club, getting a result is absolutely crucial as the race for top 4 heats up with Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United all competing for 3rd and 4th. The superstitious Reds’ fans might not like it but the Gerrard slip against Chelsea during their Oh! So nearly title-winning campaign in 2013-14 was on match-day number 34 and will be praying to avoid a repeat on match-day 34 in what has been a spectacular campaign so far.
Chelsea and Liverpool have squared off twice this season, with Chelsea taking home the victory in the league cup tie and the two sides sharing the spoils in their league fixture. On that note, let us take a little stroll down memory and look at the last 5 meetings of these two sides at Anfield:
#1 Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea (26th September 2018; League Cup)
The game unfolded as a slow burner of sorts; Liverpool slowly getting into their stride in the second half and creating some decent opportunities but just failing to get that final ball right. Sturridge’s acrobatics gave the home side the lead before Emerson Palmieri equalised for Chelsea with a scrappy finish to set-up an exciting finish. Cometh the hour, cometh the man, Eden Hazard, on as a substitute, glided past 3 Liverpool challenges to unleash a rasping drive which flew beyond the helpless Mignolet to hand the visitors a win in the 85th minute.
#2 Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea (25th November 2017; Premier League)
Mohamed Salah’s first meet-up against his former club since returning to the Premier League allowed him the chance to prove a point to his former employers. The home side enjoyed the better of the chances and territory but failed to trouble Chelsea’s stubborn defence, until the 65th minute, as Salah found a little bit of room to manoeuvre inside the box, side-footing the ball past Courtois to put Liverpool in the lead. Chelsea would steal the 3 points from Klopp’s men with a fortuitous goal from Willian right at the death as his attempted cross beat Mignolet to ensure Chelsea walked away from Anfield with a point.
#3 Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea (31st January 2017; Premier League)
Another draw at Anfield and another game when Klopp’s men set the tempo at home, playing the football while Conte’s Chelsea decided to sit back and absorb the pressure. It was somewhat against the run of play, even, when David Luiz executed a beautiful 30-yard free-kick to beat Simon Mignolet and hand Chelsea a first half advantage. However, Liverpool’s pressure eventually paid off, Gini Wijnaldum heading in the equaliser in the second half. Chelsea had a chance to seal the point with a late penalty but Diego Costa was denied by a fine save from Simon Mignolet. Chelsea would go on to lift the title in May in Conte’s first season in charge.
#4 Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea (11th May, 2016; Premier League)
Eden Hazard lit up the early stages of the game in his sublime, twinkle toed fashion as he gave Chelsea the lead at the half-hour mark, skipping past 3 challenges to slot home a wonderful solo effort. Both goalkeepers proved their worth as they had to make crucial saves to deny the opposition. Begovic, however, failed to cover himself in any glory as he parried a deep cross straight into the path of Christian Benteke to allow him to score a stoppage time equaliser.
#5 Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea (20th January, 2015; League Cup)
Chelsea opened the game on the front-foot this time around, Costa and Hazard linking up to good effect. Fabregas was also involved as Hazard went down under an Emre Can challenge to earn himself a penalty which he coolly converted early in the first half. Liverpool equalised in the second half, via a brilliant solo effort from Raheem Sterling. Liverpool ended the game at 1-1 in the semi-final first leg, eventually going out to Chelsea who would later go on to lift the League Cup.