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 often hot-tempered 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.

British Pathe highlights

Peter Bonetti tips one wide

Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool, May 1986

A couple of months before securing the First Division title at Stamford Bridge, the odds were heavily stacked against Liverpool. Player-manager Kenny Dalglish's team were in second place and 13 points behind arch rivals Everton. They also knew their final-day fixture at Chelsea was historically tricky. At the start of the campaign, dressing room 'bantz' even covered the thorny issue of having to win their last game in west London.

But they did, and, typically, Dalglish decided to lead by example, scoring the decisive goal in the 23rd minute and helping snatch the title from West Ham and Everton. Liverpool later went on to win a historic double.

"When Everton beat us at Anfield we were 13 points behind them," said Alan Hansen, then Liverpool skipper. "We came up with this incredible run and won something like 12 games out of the last 13. We went to Chelsea and our confidence was high. It was typical Dalglish, taking the ball on his chest and the next thing it's in the back of the net. To win the championship in his first season as player-manager, especially after being so many points behind at one stage, was terrific."

Chelsea 4-2 Liverpool, Jan 1997

In the gaudy era of the Spice Boys, a Liverpool team starring Jamie Redknapp, John Barnes, Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman started this FA Cup third round clash with plenty of zigazigahhh, scoring two early goals. By the final whistle they were left feeling like wannabes, as Mark Hughes, Gianfranca Zola and Gianluca Vialli turned the tie on its head.

The game marked a major shift in belief, too. Liverpool fell away in the title race, finishing fourth. Meanwhile, Chelsea went on to win the FA Cup, their first major trophy in 26 years. Which seems funny now, given they seem to win pots for fun.

Liverpool 2-3 Chelsea, Feb 2005

While dismissed by some managers as being a bit Mickey Mouse, the League Cup, in all its sponsored guises, has often been credited by Jose Mourinho as the trigger for his team's subsequent successes.

As crazy as it sounds now, Chelsea, pumped with opulent talents and public ambition, were apparently missing that final sprinkling of unswerving self belief often required to win a league title. Their Carling Cup glory gave them the final, all-conquering ego shot.

Of course, they were helped on their way by circumstances mired in what football commentators would call 'irony' (but everyone else would consider bad luck). Steven Gerrard, a player courted by Chelsea during Euro 2004, scored an own goal to cancel out John Arne Riise's record-breaking opener after 45 seconds.

Chelsea eventually muscled their way to victory, but only after a couple of goals scored in nail-shredding extra-time. Mourinho had added extra spice to the match by shushing the Liverpool fans.