Wednesday 21 February 2018

Friends reunited...

Today's Wembley meeting will remarkably be Chelsea's 16th cup meeting with Liverpool in a little over seven years, with the clubs having played out some momentous matches. The run started with Chelsea's 2005 League Cup final success, with the overall spoils have being shared -- five wins apiece, and five draws. We take a look at the more memorable meetings, the like of which would be welcome today.

FebRUARY 27 2005

League Cup final: Liverpool 2 (Riise, Nunez) Chelsea 3 (Gerrard og, Drogba, Kezman) (AET)

Jose Mourinho was sent from the dugout as he picked up his first trophy in England. John Arne Riise scored early before Steven Gerrard headed into his own net. Didier Drogba and Mateja Kezman swung the match Chelsea's way and Mourinho was off and running.

May 3 2005

Champions League semi-final second leg: Liverpool 1 (Garcia) Chelsea 0 (1-0 on agg)

The arguments are still going on as to whether Luis Garcia's fourth-minute shot crossed the line at Anfield before it was hooked away by Chelsea's William Gallas. Mourinho termed it the "ghost goal" but Liverpool profited and made a first European Cup final in 20 years -- where they beat AC Milan.

April 14 2009

Champions League quarter-final second leg: Chelsea 4 (Drogba, Alex, Lampard 2) Liverpool 4 (Aurelio, Alonso pen, Lucas, Kuyt) (Chelsea win 7-5 on agg)

Yet another European clash generated an eight-goal thriller at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea's first-leg victory proving decisive. Liverpool were two up by the break before the Blues stormed back in a hectic second period.

Irish Independent

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