Top 10 Liverpool-Chelsea games: Shankly spirit, Euro thrillers and Stevie's slip

Matt Allen raids the archives to bring you the best episodes from an increasingly meaningful rivalry...

Liverpool 7-4 Chelsea, Sep 1946

When Liverpool raced into a 6-0 lead in less than an hour, it was with a team featuring emerging talent: both Bob Paisley and Billy Liddell made their debuts in this fixture.

Meanwhile, the game served early notice of Liverpool's intentions during that campaign: they won the old First Division, though they were embarrassed in the FA Cup semi-final by Second Division Burnley.

In the wake of their title win, much was made of a pre-season trip to America, which served the purpose of fattening up a Liverpool team physically diminished by the hardships and rationing of post-Second World War Britain. Chairman Bill McConnell claimed that if they could go to the States, load up on steaks, sodas and ice creams, they'd win the title. He wasn't wrong. Well played, fatties.

Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea, Mar 1965

A match in which arch motivator Bill Shankly upped his psychological game. At the time, Chelsea, led by manager Tommy Docherty, were tipped to win an impressive treble with a robust team including the likes of Ron Harris and Peter Bonetti. Liverpool were expected to fall to one side in this FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park.

But Shanks had a trump card up his sleeve. Having discovered a programme seemingly constructed for Chelsea's FA Cup final in somewhat over-confident fashion, he stuck the pages to his team's dressing room wall and told the players to "stuff those wee cocky southern buggers". That they did, winning 2-0 and later claiming the final. And Chelsea? Well, their treble dream was dashed and they would only win the League Cup. That'll learn 'em.

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Peter Bonetti tips one wide

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