Liverpool v Chelsea An Increasingly Fractious Fixture
The friction between Liverpool and Chelsea could heat up further when the Premier League title rival next meet at Anfield on Saturday 8 November.
From the Champions League decider in 2003 to their contentious semi-final in the same competition in 2005, bad blood has developed between the two sides and an intense rivalry has ensued between both sets of fans.
The latest instalment in the ever growing classics between these two sides saw Chelsea wreck Liverpool’s title hopes with a 2-0 win at Anfield, a game that is of course more famous for ‘that’ Steven Gerrard slip.
That completed Jose Mourinho’s third win at Anfield, which has proved to be a fruitful ground during his time as Chelsea boss. The Portuguese has suffered only one league defeat in charge of the Blues and if you want to back him to continue that good form, enjoy a free bet from Winner.
As you would expect when Mourinho is involved, there has been a war of words between the two bosses involved in this fixture. Following Chelsea’s win over Liverpool in April, Brendan Rodgers criticised Mourinho’s tactics claiming that it ‘wasn’t hard to coach 10 players to be on the edge of the 18-yard box’ and that he thought ‘there were two buses parked, never mind one’.
These comments were born out of frustration, the kind of frustration the Chelsea boss thrives in creating in his opponents’ minds. With this game just around the corner, expect more of the same again.
In recent years, this fixture has had a little extra spice added to it by the number of players signing to and from both teams.
In 2011, Fernando Torres made his debut for Chelsea after signing from Liverpool for a then British record transfer fee of £50 million. That game was won 1-0 by Liverpool with Raul Meireles scoring the winner. Meireles would then join Torres at Chelsea the following summer.
The next season saw former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson score a late winner for Liverpool in a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.
A player that has scored for both sides in this game in recent memory is Daniel Sturridge. Wouldn’t it be just typical of this fixture for him to play a deciding role again this year?