Sunday’s game between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield is arguably their most important Premier League meeting, but it would do well to match the drama and controversy the fixture has seen in the past:
All the talk before this match was of the return of Rafael Benitez to Liverpool, but by the end of it, the man everybody was talking about was Luis Suarez, who was the centre of attention for his bite on Branislav Ivanovic. In terms of the action, it was Oscar who gave Chelsea the lead, heading in from a corner shortly before half time.
The hosts started the second half well with Suarez setting up Daniel Sturridge for a close range finish, only for the Uruguayan to inexplicably handle in his own penalty area, allowing Eden Hazard to make it 2-1. However, after the infamous incident with Ivanovic, it was Suarez who grabbed a point right at the death with a glancing header.
Most Dramatic Finish
The pressure was on in February 2009 as Liverpool and Chelsea both had hopes of winning the title. Anfield was tense and the visitors were down to 10 men with Frank Lampard given his marching orders for a challenge on Xabi Alonso. They entered stoppage time with the game still goalless, but it was Fernando Torres who delivered a fatal blow to the Blues, scoring not once, but twice in the dying minutes for a 2-0 Reds victory.
Most Emphatic Victory
Chelsea showed exactly why they were going to become champions for a second successive season when they dismantled Liverpool 4-1 in October 2005. Frank Lampard set them on their way with a penalty, only for Steven Gerrard to equalise. Damien Duff soon restored the away side’s lead, however, striking two minutes before half time.
In the second half, Liverpool were undone by some superb counter-attacking from Chelsea, who added further goals through Joe Cole and Geremi, both from close range after the home defence had been prised open in scintillating style.
Most Controversial Moment
Liverpool were left fuming in August 2007 after they were robbed of all three points by referee Rob Styles’ decision to award a penalty for a seemingly innocuous collision between Steve Finnan and Florent Malouda. The official was widely condemned, but there was no sympathy from Frank Lampard, who converted the spot-kick to earn his side a draw. Fernando Torres had earlier put Liverpool in front with his first goal for the club.
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