Friday 15 November 2019

'Ghost goals', title deciders and THAT slip: Liverpool v Chelsea - 10 defining moments

Jose Mourinho shakes Steven Gerrard's hand at the end of the 2005 Champions League semi-final first leg. Photo: Ben Radford/Getty Images
Jose Mourinho shakes Steven Gerrard's hand at the end of the 2005 Champions League semi-final first leg. Photo: Ben Radford/Getty Images

It's another semi-final between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield. In recent times, the famous stadium has witnessed two epic Champions League semis that saw the Anfield side progress both times. Here are 10 defining moments in the history of Liverpool v Chelsea.

 

Liverpool 2 Chelsea 0, 1965 An FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park, three days after Liverpool were taken to extra-time in a European Cup quarter-final play-off in Rotterdam, was a rare Bill Shankly bus-parking foray and it worked spectacularly, soaking up a swaggering Chelsea side's pressure to put them on the road for their first FA Cup win. Picture: GETY IMAGES
Liverpool 2 Chelsea 0, 1965 An FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park, three days after Liverpool were taken to extra-time in a European Cup quarter-final play-off in Rotterdam, was a rare Bill Shankly bus-parking foray and it worked spectacularly, soaking up a swaggering Chelsea side's pressure to put them on the road for their first FA Cup win. Picture: GETY IMAGES
Tony Hateley We venerate Bill Shankly's wit but should not forget his waspish cruelty. When negotiating a record fee for Chelsea's Tony Hateley in 1967, the selling manager, Tommy Docherty, extolled the misfit's virtues in a bid to boost the price into six figues. "You have to say he's good in the air," said Docherty. "Aye, so was Douglas Bader," replied Shankly. Picture: PA
Chelsea 0 Liverpool 1, May 1986 Kenny Dalglish's smile was more eloquent than any of the words he uttered, and never conveyed satisfaction as radiantly as it did at Stamford Bridge when the player-manager trapped Jim Beglin's pass on his chest and rifled a superb volley home to seal one half of the first Double for 15 years.
Chelsea 4 Liverpool 2, January 1997 With Liverpool cruising into a 2-0 lead at the break, Ruud Gullit threw on the old warhorse, Mark Hughes, and he swiftly began to terrorise the Spice Boys in typical Ramboesque fashion, scoring himself and setting up Gianfranco Zola for one of the little maestro's greatest strikes. Picture: AP
Chelsea 2 Liverpool 1, 2003 Going into the last game of the season, Chelsea, whose owners were £96m in debt, were in fourth, ahead of Liverpool on goal difference, and the 2-1 victory, sealed by Jesper Gronkjaer's 26th-minute winner, guaranteed the last Champions League place for them, keeping the wolf from Ken Bates's door and ushered in the age of Roman Abramovich.
Liverpool 1 Chelsea 0, 2005 Even a decade on, Jose Mourinho has not stopped obsessing about Luis Garcia's 'ghost goal' in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final that ultimately proved decisive. Funnily, he forgets that awarding it saved Petr Cech from a red card and Eidur Gudjohnsen's preposterous late miss. Picture: PA
Liverpool 2 Chelsea 1, 2006 There was nothing mysterious about Luis García's second semi-final goal against Chelsea, this one a year on from the 'phantom', a peach of a half-volley at Old Trafford past Petr Cech in the FA Cup that put Liverpool on course for another trophy-winning season.
Liverpool 1 Chelsea 0, 2007 Another Champions League semi, tighter than ever, and taken to penalties by Daniel Agger's goal (pictured). Oddly, Rafa Benitez chooses to sit cross-legged on the touchline, channelling the zen calm of Buddha and it worked, Geremi and Arjen Robben's misses giving him a semi-final victory over Jose Mourinho for the third successive year.
Chelsea 4 Liverpool 4, 2009 Finally a Chelsea triumph in a Champions League tie after a ridiculously entertaining 4-4 see-saw draw, the highlight of which was Alex's venomous 30-yard free-kick, struck with the outside of his right foot, and sent arrowing towards the centre of goal before arcing away from Pepe Reina at full-stretch. Picture: PA
Liverpool 0 Chelsea 2, 2014 One slip by Steven Gerrard launched an orgy of mockery, some sympathy and helped to erase Liverpool's three-point advantage over Manchester City in their quest to win a first championship for 24 years. Chelsea's defensive masterclass led to Liverpool feeling themselves moral victors, a title as yet without a trophy.

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