FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: 6 Memorable Chelsea, Liverpool Clashes

FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL: 6 Memorable Chelsea, Liverpool Clashes

Chelsea and Liverpool will lock horns at Stamford Bridge in the English Premier League on Friday.

In last season’s clash between both teams at the Bridge, Liverpool came from a goal down to win 3-1.

While Liverpool will go into the game on the back of a confident boosting 4-1 win against champions Leicester, Chelsea will hope to bounce back from their disappointing 2-2 draw against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.

Prior to Friday’s clash at the Bridge, Completesportsnigeria.com’s JAMES AGBEREBI relives six memorable encounters involving the two fierce rivals…

LIVERPOOL 0-2 CHELSEA (2013-2014 EPL)

With three games to go, Liverpool were on the verge of winning the English Premier League for the first time since the 1989-1990 season.

To make that a reality, they had to win their three remaining games of the 2013-2014 EPL season against Chelsea (home), Crystal Palace (away) and Newcastle (home).

But things went south for the Merseyside team as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Anfield.

Demba Ba put an ultra-defensive Chelsea side ahead after a costly slip by skipper Steven Gerard late in the first half.

And in the final minutes of the second half, Willian made it 2-0 following a counter attack.

Liverppol drew 3-3 in their next game against Palace and beat Newcastle 2-1 to finish two points behind eventual league winners Manchester City.

CHELSEA 3-2 LIVERPOOL (2004-2005 CARLING CUP FINAL)

Jose Mourinho kicked off his trophy-laden career with Chelsea after leading them to beat Liverpool 3-2 in the final of the 2004-2005 Carling Cup played at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff.

John Arne Riise fired Liverpool in front in the first minute but a Steven Gerard own goal brought scores to 1-1.

In the 17th minute of extra time, Didier Drogba made it 2-1 in favour of Chelsea.

Mateja Kezman extended Chelsea’s lead to 3-1 on 112 minutes before Antonio Nunez netted a minute later to bring the scoreline to 3-2.

Chelsea held on in the remaining seven minutes to win Mourinho’s first ever trophy in England.

CHELSEA 4-4 LIVERPOOL (2008-2009 UCL Q/FINALS)

Having won 3-1 at Anfield in the first leg, Chelsea looked poised to stroll into the semi-finals of the 2009-2009 UEFA Champions League.

But to the amazement of all, Liverpool raced to a 2-0 first half lead inside Stamford Bridge thanks to goals from Aurelio and Xabi Alonso.

On resumption for the second half, Didier Drogba made it 2-1 before a thunderous free-kick from Alex saw Chelsea draw level.

Frank Lampard put Chelsea 3-2 up but Lucas Leiva replied for Liverpool to make it 3-3.

Dirk Kuyt then made it 4-3 in favour of Liverpool before Lampard grabbed a late a goal to end the game 4-4 and 7-5 on aggregate.

LIVERPOOL 1-0 CHELSEA (2ND LEG, 2004-2005 UCL S/FINALS)

After losing home and away in the league and the in the final of the then Carling Cup, Liverpool was once again paired against Chelsea in the semi-finals of the 2004-2005 UEFA Champions League.

The first leg saw Liverpool hold Chelsea to a 0-0 draw at the Stamford Bridge.

A week later, both teams met in the return leg at Anfield with Liverpool winning 1-0 following a controversial goal scored by Luis Garcia in the fourth minute which needed the assistant referee’s approval that the ball had crossed the line.

Liverpool went on to win the Champions League that season, beating AC Milan 3-2 on penalties after coming back from a three goals deficit in regulation time.

LIVERPOOL 1-0 CHELSEA (2ND LEG: 2006-2007 UCL S/FINALS)

In the 2006-2007 UEFA Champions League, Liverpool and Chelsea’s paths crossed again with the Reds once again having the last laugh.

Just like in the 2004-2005 UCL season, Chelsea hosted the first leg and won 1-0.

The reverse fixture at Anfield saw Liverpool win 1-0 to bring aggregate score at 1-1 and into penalty shootout.

Liverpool booked a place in the final after triumphing 4-1 in the penalty shootout.

CHELSEA 3-2 LIVERPOOL (2ND LEG: 2007-2008 UCL S/FINAL)

Chelsea qualified for their first ever UEFA Champions League final after a thrilling 3-2 semi-final second leg win against Liverpool at the Stamford Bridge.

Going into the reverse fixture, Chelsea held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Anfield.

Didier Drogba gave Chelsea a first half lead but Fernando Torres equalised midway into the second half to send the game into extra-time.

In extra-time, Drogba made it 2-1 before Frank Lampard extended Chelsea’s lead to 3-1.

With three minutes left in the second half of extra-time, Ryan Babbel but Chelsea held on to win 3-2 and 4-3 on aggregate.

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    It’s Friday Night football, rather Fireworks Friday as Chelsea and Liverpool sets the tone for this weekend week 5 premier league fixture at Stanford Bridge.
    Both sides goes into Friday’s match-up with contrasting results. Chelsea had enjoyed a nigh perfect start to the premier league season with 3wins and a draw in 4 games sets Antonio Conte’s men in second place on the log. While Liverpool are sixth on the league table 2 wins, a draw and a disappointing loss at Burnley.
    But, if there is any fixture Liverpool have come out real good so far this, its against the big teams. Call the 4-0 thumping of Barcelona at the ICC pre-season tourney a fluke, another goals against Arsenal in the season’s opener, while being the superior in a 1-1 draw at Tottenham and a thrashing of defending champion Leicester FC at Anfield. The Injection of pacy Sadio Mane and Gini Wijnaldum in the attack and Joel Matip’s class and intelligence as much more solidity to the team.
    Chelsea on the other hand have had to grind out result this season, though unbeaten in four with late winner against Westham, Watford followed with 3-0 trauncing of Burnley before a 86th minutes goal from Diego Costa secured a draw at Swansea. Manager Antonio Conte has done an incredible job since his arrival at Stanford Bridge and will look to maintain his unbeaten run as side take-on Liverpool. Striker Diego Costa has been in an fantastic form thus far and look to add to his 4goals tally tonight. Chelsea have got to assert their authority right from the word go. Rejuvenated Eden Hazard, Willian, Ngolo Kante and Matic have got control the midfield and link-up with Costa upfront.
    Manager Jurgen Kloop’s will be banking on his frontline to build on success achieved here the last season where he claimed his first premier away victory. The German have since gotten his side to play his aggressive,unrelenting, authoritative and unflinching style. They run at you and make uncomfortable as much as possible.
    The two side are the second highest scoring side in the league with nine goals each so fans should expect nothing short of goals in this game.