Following Wednesday night’s defeat against Chelsea, Liverpool will be out looking for revenge at Stamford Bridge. Here I look at five of the Reds’ greatest league wins over the Blues during the Premier League era.
Liverpool 5-1 Chelsea – 21st September 1996
Could the list have been started any better than with an Anfield thumping? With just fifteen minutes on the clock, a 21-year-old Robbie Fowler gave Liverpool the lead.
Stig-Inge Bjornebye’s terrific cross found the run of Fowler who had the easy task of nodding past Kevin Hitchcock. The lead was then doubled and it was all down to the work of Dominic Matteo. The Scotsman’s storming run eventually saw him send Patrik Berger clear who rounded the ‘keeper before slotting the ball home.
The game was then pretty much sealed on the stroke of half-time thanks to a rather comical own-goal. Chelsea defender Andy Myers attempted to head the ball back to Hitchcock, however it flew past the goalie and rolled into the back of the net.
If the game wasn’t over at the break then it certainly was just minutes after the restart when Berger managed to complete a brace. Some great pressing play by Steve McManaman saw him dispossess Dennis Wise before Berger ran down on goal to score his second of the game. In what would eventually prove to be his final season at Anfield, John Barnes managed to get a fifth on the hour-mark. The ex-England international’s volley deflected off of Frank Leboeuf before rolling into the goal. Leboeuf did manage to score a penalty late on but it could only prove to be a very tiny consolation.
Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool – 26th October 2008
In terms of drama and goals, is this victory up there as one of the best? Probably not but in terms of how impressive this win was it certainly has to be up there. The word ‘Fortress’ gets used far too often in football now when a team goes a few games unbeaten at home, especially when you compare it to Chelsea run of eighty-six league games unbeaten.
However, that incredible record was ended when Rafa Benitez’s side arrived in the capital. With just ten minutes on the clock, the ball fell to Xabi Alonso who hit a left-footed strike which cannoned off of Jose Bosingwa before sending Petr Cech the wrong way. This proved to be the only goal of the game and it ended the run that had lasted over four years.
The win left many Kopites hoping that the Reds had what it took to go on and win a first Premier Leauge title. However, they fell just four points short in the end and had to suffer by seeing Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United lift the trophy once again.
Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool – 6th February 2011
Again, this wasn’t a win full of goals and drama but it was one of the most relieving wins for Liverpool fans. Just a week earlier star player Fernando Torres had forced a move from the Reds to join Chelsea with aspirations of winning more trophies which left Kopites full of hatred. Yes, the Spaniard did go on to win a number of trophies, including the Champions League, during his time in West London but this win felt nice at the time.
It was Torres’ debut for the Blues following his £50m move and it’s fair to say he didn’t show value for money in this encounter. The only thing he managed to get all game was a huge whack to the face from Daniel Agger. It left him on the floor for a couple of minutes, something many Reds thoroughly enjoyed.
The day was made even sweeter in the seventieth minute when Raul Meireles gave Liverpool the lead. Steven Gerrard’s cross caused confusion for the Chelsea backline and there was the Portuguese midfielder to convert past Petr Cech and win the game for Liverpool. What would the Blues do next? They’d only go and splash out £12m to sign Meireles six months later.
Liverpool 4-1 Chelsea – 8th May 2012
Just three days after losing to Chelsea in the FA Cup final, Kenny Dalglish’s side were very much on the hunt for revenge. It would only be a small consolation considering it was the last home game of the season, but a big victory over the Blues is always nice. Liverpool scored their first of the evening in the nineteenth minute thanks to some brilliant play from Luis Suarez.
The Uruguayan stormed down the right before crossing for Michael Essien to convert into his own goal. The lead was then doubled six minutes. Jordan Henderson took advantage of John Terry’s slip before running down on goal and netting past Ross Turnbull. The hosts then got a third through Daniel Agger. Jonjo Shelvey’s corner was nodded down by Andy Carroll, before the Danish defender headed into the roof of the net.
Stewart Downing had the chance to add a fourth when Kevin Friend pointed to the spot. However his penalty struck the base of the post and was eventually cleared. Roberto Di Matteo’s side managed to pull a goal back after the break. Florent Malouda’s free-kick found the Brazilian who scruffily finished past Pepe Reina. Any sign of a comeback was diminished ten minutes later though when Shelvey managed to add a fourth for the Reds. Turnbull’s poor kick found the midfielder who typically thundered the ball in from long range to make it 4-1.
Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool – 31st October 2015
In just his third game as Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp faced a tough test away at Stamford Bridge to play a struggling Chelsea side. However, the then champions did manage to take the lead with just four minutes on the clock. Cesar Azpilicueta’s precise cross found the run of Ramires who nodded past Simon Mignolet.
Unfortunately for Jose Mourinho’s side, the Reds had a little Brazilian of their own in Philippe Coutinho and he managed to equalise on the stroke of half-time. He turned Ramires inside out before curling an effort into the left-hand side of the goal. Coutinho’s magic wasn’t finished there though and he managed to give the visitors the lead with fifteen minutes to go. The ball fell to the current Barcelona man on the edge of the box and he struck an effort that flew over the head of Asmir Begovic thanks to a John Terry deflection.
The three points were then sealed eight minutes from time when Christian Benteke got himself on the scoresheet. The Belgian walked through the Chelsea defence and fired a low drive between the legs of Gary Cahill into the bottom corner.