Top 10 Liverpool vs Chelsea games: Shankly spirit, Jose's finger and Stevie's slip
Liverpool 1-0 Chelsea, May 2005
A goal that Jose Mourinho will not accept (and one that its scorer Luis Garcia "doubted" at the time) settled this Champions League semi-final second leg at Anfield under the most controversial circumstances.
With the match poised at 0-0, the Spaniard pinged a strike past Petr Cech, only to watch as centre-back William Gallas hoofed it away. But inexplicably, referee Lubos Michel, believing the ball had crossed the line, pointed to the centre circle. His blunder was enough to settle the tie.
Even today, The Special One talks bitterly of this decisive moment: "We lost with a goal that was not a goal, but that is football," he said. Garcia has fonder memories, however.
"I started doubting for a moment because for two seconds none of my team-mates were close," he said. "I started thinking: 'Oh my goodness, maybe it wasn't.' But I turned round and saw the referee and the linesman running back into position and just started screaming."
Liverpool 1-4 Chelsea, Oct 2005
All the talk before this fixture was that Liverpool, after their Rentaghost-goal of the previous season, had laid claim to a strange mental stranglehold over Jose Mourinho's men. But this chatter served only to rattle cages at Chelsea.
The west Londoners flew out of the traps, smashing their rivals for four in Liverpool's worst Anfield defeat since Manchester United tonked them by the same scoreline in 1969. Liverpool were swept aside, not only by the steamroller-like marauding of Michael Essien, but by standout performer Didier Drogba.
The striker had experienced a mixed opening season in his Chelsea career – a potpourri of goals and injuries; false starts and flashes of promise. His performance here served notice of the rampage to come.
Chelsea 4-4 Liverpool, Apr 2009
It was the match that had seemingly been decided at Anfield, Chelsea sticking it to their European rivals in a 3-1 first-leg win in the Champions League quarter-finals. A home shutout seemed inevitable, even with John Terry suspended; Liverpool's charge was stilted given Steven Gerrard's omission from the squad.
Instead, what followed was a topsy-turvy, no-holds-barred shootout that had Blues fans reaching for the valium. With little to lose and the underdog mantle foisted upon them, Liverpool went for it, scoring two in the first half and wiping out Chelsea's away goal advantage.
But as the nerves jangled around Stamford Bridge, manager Gus Hiddink introduced striker Nicolas Anelka and watched as his side scored three goals... and then lose their stranglehold when first Lucas Leiva equalised and then Dirk Kuyt scored with eight minutes remaining.
Their blushes were spared when all-round-lucky-charm Frank Lampard popped up with an equaliser to push Chelsea through 7-5 on aggregate. Be still my beating heart!
Liverpool 2-2 Chelsea, Apr 2013
Forget the close nature of the scoreline here. This draw will be long remembered for the surreal moment in the 66th minute when Luis Suarez – Liverpool's Uruguayan goal machine and pantomime villain – sunk his Alvin Chipmunk-sized gnashers into the upper arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. Extra fuel was heaped on the fire when Suarez then popped up to score the equaliser in the seventh minute of stoppage-time.
The incident went unnoticed by officials at the time, and the FA's subsequent ban of 10 games did little to deter Suarez from further offences. He repeated the trick at the 2014 World Cup against Italy to considerably larger uproar.
Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea, Apr 2014
A classic tale of master-versus-apprentice with a subplot of "anti-football", negativity and a tragic balls-up by one of Liverpool's great servants. When Steven Gerrard (again; why always him?), allowed a routine pass to slide under his boot and into the path of Chelsea striker Demba Ba – who scored, for once, clinically – The Kop were silenced. Their title charge was in tatters. A returning Jose Mourinho had blown the league wide open.
For 90 minutes, Chelsea defended relentlessly; they time-wasted as if their lives depended on it. The phrase used by Mourinho after a defensive display by Tottenham at Stamford Bridge – that of "parking the bus" in front of his goal – was used as an effective MO.
Chelsea parked a fleet at Anfield and nicked the game 2-0, leaving then Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, a former coach under the Portuguese, to snipe and moan in his post-match interviews.
"Jose is happy to work that way and play that way, and he will probably shove his CV and say it works, but it's not my way of working," he said. "I like to take the initiative in games and let players express themselves. We tried everything we could but our game is based on being offensively creative as opposed to stopping."