Following Leicester’s defeat at Tottenham on Sunday, Chelsea know that one win from their last two league games will be enough to secure Champions League football for next season. While a draw – or even a defeat – would be far from a disaster, it would leave the Blues with work still to do at home to Wolves on the final day of the season. To relieve the threat of any last-day nerves, Chelsea will surely be travelling to Liverpool with the aim of taking all three points.
On paper, a win at Anfield on Wednesday looks a tall order for Chelsea. Liverpool are currently 58 games unbeaten at home in the league, and Jurgen Klopp’s men have won 17 of their 18 league games at Anfield this season. But history tells us there is plenty of room for optimism for Blues fans, as this is a ground that Chelsea have tasted success at on numerous occasions. With that in mind, here are Chelsea’s top five wins at Anfield…
Liverpool 1-4 Chelsea (2nd October 2005)
The intense rivalry between these two clubs began during the Mourinho-Benitez era. The sides faced each other many times across multiple competitions, with the games often being cagey affairs that were characterised by a lack of goals. That, however, was not the case during this game in October 2005. Champions Chelsea travelled to Anfield having won their opening seven games of the season. Continuing this imperious perform, Chelsea blew Liverpool away.
Frank Lampard opened the scoring from the penalty spot after Djimi Traore had fouled Didier Drogba in the box. Steven Gerrard brought the sides level, but parity was short-lived when – after more good work from Drogba – Damien Duff slid in to put Chelsea back in the lead. After another assist from man-of-the-match Drogba, Joe Cole put the Blues 3-1 ahead, before Geremi completed the rout to make it four. The result equalled Chelsea’s biggest ever win at Anfield.
Branislav ‘two-goal’ Ivanovic
Liverpool 1-3 Chelsea (8th April 2009)
Anfield had long been a place of torment for Chelsea on European nights. In 2005 it was the setting for Luis Garcia’s ‘ghost-goal’. In 2007, it was where an agonising penalty shootout defeat would again cost the Blues a place in the Champions League final. In 2008, Chelsea at last defeated Liverpool at the semi-final stage – with a John Arne Riise own goal in stoppage time earning the Blues a 1-1 draw in the first leg at Anfield. In truth though, the ghosts of Anfield still remained. It was a stadium that this Chelsea side had always struggled to perform at and impose themselves in the Champions League. But all of that was to change in 2009, on a night where a Chelsea legend was born.
After Fernando Torres had put Liverpool 1-0 ahead in the first leg of this Champions League quarter-final, Chelsea fans would have been forgiven for fearing the worst. But a Serbian defender by the name of Branislav Ivanovic – in his first full season at the club – would become the unlikely hero. He powered two headers past Pepe Reina to turn the game completely around and give Chelsea the lead, before Drogba finished off a perfect move to put the Blues 3-1 ahead and in complete control of the tie. After years of heartbreak at Anfield, Guus Hiddink’s side had finally laid those demons to rest. After the events of that night, Ivanovic earned the moniker ‘two-goal’, and started his journey towards becoming a Chelsea legend.
One Hand on the Title
Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea (2nd May 2010)
With only two league games left to play in the 2009/10 season, Chelsea were top of the table – only one point ahead of Manchester United. Carlo Ancelotti’s side knew that a win at Anfield would give them one hand on the Premier League trophy.
Didier Drogba put Chelsea into the lead in the first-half after intercepting a poor back-pass from Steven Gerrard. It wasn’t the first – or last – occasion that the Liverpool midfielder would make a mistake leading to a Chelsea goal during his career. After piling on the pressure in the second half, Frank Lampard swept home a cross from Nicolas Anelka to put the Blues 2-0 up and on the brink of the title. Chelsea went on to beat Wigan 8-0 on the final day to be crowned Premier League champions – becoming the first side in Premier League history to score over 100 goals.
Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea (27th April 2014)
Would any list of top games between Liverpool and Chelsea be complete without a mention of that slip? In 2014, Liverpool were on course for a first League title in 24 years before Mourinho’s men visited Anfield. It’s also worth remembering that Chelsea had one eye on the Champions League semi-final with Atletico Madrid – and Mourinho duly fielded a weakened side, with rare starts for Tomas Kalas and Mo Salah.
The game’s defining moment came during added time in the first half. Gerrard miscontrolled a pass from Mamadou Sakho before slipping, leaving Demba Ba to race through unopposed before coolly slotting the ball past Simon Mignolet. Liverpool spent the entirety of the second half peppering Mark Schwarzer’s goal, but they couldn’t find a way through. With time running out, Fernando Torres managed to break clear of the Liverpool defence and unselfishly squared the ball to Willian to score Chelsea’s second, putting a huge dent in Liverpool’s title bid that they never recovered from.
Liverpool 1-2 Chelsea (26th September 2018)
Chelsea fans don’t need to look too far back to remember the taste of victory at Anfield, following last season’s third round win there in the League Cup. After Liverpool had taken the lead through Daniel Sturridge, Chelsea equalised late in the second-half thanks to Emerson Palmieri. With just five minutes to go, Eden Hazard produced one of his finest moments in a Chelsea shirt.
Having collected the ball in the Liverpool half over on the right-hand side, Hazard skipped away from Naby Keita before drifting into the box. There, he nutmegged Alberto Moreno, before unleashing a thunderous right-footed strike into the far corner. One of the greatest goals, scored by arguably Chelsea’s greatest ever player.