Top ten: Ranking the last four years of Chelsea-Liverpool
Expect Chelsea to have an advantage this Sunday at Stamford Bridge? Thing again. Over the last 10 meetings between two these two titans, the home team has won four, drawn two, and lost four, a split that carries over from Premier League action into Champions League, where the home side has won one, drawn one out of four. From 10-to-1, here are those last 10 meetings - a list of games that extends back to April 2008.
Oct. 26, 2008: Chelsea 0, Liverpool 1
With Didier Drogba out, Chelsea welcomed Liverpool to Stamford Bridge for the Reds' only trip of the Luiz Felipe Scolari era. The result started the Brazilian's exit from the Bridge. A 10th minute goal from Xabi Alonso opened the scoring, and with Chelsea unable to replace their best attacker, Liverpool was able to take their first league win from Stamford Bridge in four years.
Oct. 4, 2009: Chelsea 2, Liverpool 0
One year earlier, Liverpool's fall trip to Stamford Bridge hammered in one of the first nails in Luiz Felipe Scolari's coffin. The Carlo Ancelotti era would start with much more promising results. On the hour mark, Nicolas Anelka put the home side in front, and when Frank Lampard chimed in with an insurance tally near full time, Chelsea had three convincing points in what would be a title-winning season.
May 2, 2010: Liverpool 0, Chelsea 2
Liverpool was on the verge of missing Champions League, a shock to an English soccer-following world who'd made the concept of "Big Four" endemic to Premier League football. Needing a big win over the eventual champs, the Reds came up short. Didier Drogba scored in the 33rd minute, with Frank Lampard sealing the match just after halftime. Liverpool would finish outside the top four in what would be the last year at Anfield for Rafa Benitez.
Nov. 7, 2010: Liverpool 2, Chelsea 0
Two first half goals from Fernando Torres give struggling Liverpool a surprise win over the defending champions, the start of a month-long swoon for Chelsea that would nearly see them drop from title contention. For Liverpool, it was the high point of a dreary ear under Roy Hodgson, with the former Fulham and Blackburn manager a mere two months away from leaving Anfield.
Feb. 1, 2009: Liverpool 2, Chelsea 0
Frank Lampard saw red in the 60th minute, leaving Chelsea to hold on for a half hour to escape Anfield with a point. One minute from full time it looked as if the Blues would do it, but two goals from Fernando Torres in just over a minute sent Chelsea home empty handed.
Apr. 22, 2008: Liverpool 1, Chelsea 1
Dirk Kuyt's 43rd minute goal looked like it was going to hold up in the first leg of this Champions League semifinal, but John Arne Riise - in one of his final matches for Liverpool - almost inexplicably sent a cross into his own net in extra time, letting Chelsea take a 1-1 draw back to Stamford Bridge.
Apr. 8, 2009: Liverpool 1, Chelsea 3
In the first leg of what would become one of the best Champions League knockout ties of all time, Chelsea took what seemed to be a decisive lead out of Anfield. A sixth minute goal from Fernando Torres was pulled back before halftime by Branislav Ivanovic, with the Serbian's second combining with a Didier Drogba score to give the Blues a two goal lead headed into leg two.
Feb. 6, 2011: Chelsea 0, Liverpool 1
For the first time since his record-breaking move to Chelsea, Fernando Torres faces his old team, and to the great pleasure of the supporters he left, his honeymoon at Stamford Bridge ends. Torres struggles to have an impact, is substituted just after the hour mark, three minutes before Raul Meireles (now with Chelsea) scores the game's only goal. In the middle of a season of struggles, Liverpool crafts their year's highlight: Exacting revenge on Torres.
Apr. 30, 2008: Chelsea 3, Liverpool 2
With the tie drawn 1-1 after leg one, two teams who'd become notorious for slogging out their matches engaged in the first of two memorable shootouts. Didier Drogba got the scoring started, putting Chelsea up at 33 minutes. Fernando Torres responded just after the hour mark to even the match, sending it to extra time. There, Frank Lampard converted from the spot in the 98th minute, with Drogba icing the match seven minutes later. Ryan Babel gave the Reds life with a 117th minute, but minutes later the final whistle blew on a 4-3 aggregate victory, sending Chelsea to Moscow's Champions League final.
Apr. 14, 2009: Chelsea 4, Liverpool 4
The most memorable match in this rivalry's recent history saw Liverpool enter the game down two goals after the first leg of their Champions League tie. Within half an hour, Liverpool was back even (thanks to goals from Fabio Aurelio and, from the spot, Xabi Alonso) but was still down on away goals. That gap grew when Didier Drogba scored six minutes after half, and when Alex and Frank Lampard piled on, Liverpool seemed dead. But then, goals by Lucas Leiva and Dirk Kuyt had Liverpool within one (6-5) seven minutes from time, with the next goal giving them a win on away goals. It wasn't meant to be, as Frank Lampard iced the match in the 89th minute, sending Chelsea through, 7-5.