Friday marks not only the return of Friday Night Football on Sky, but also Liverpool’s seasonal visit to Stamford Bridge, where they shall be hosted by the rejuvenated Chelsea. The rivalry between the two clubs is steeped not only in past European encounters but also based on a cultural rivalry. North vs South, political adversaries and a Southern hatred of the famed scouse humour are just a few to mention.
For eighteen other sides, Stamford Bridge has been a near impossible fortress to breach throughout the years, but for Chelsea, the Reds prove a bit of a slippery eel.
So, ahead of our Friday night class I will look back at five famous Liverpool league victories at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea 0 – 1 Liverpool (February 2011)
It was the Blues for Fernando Torres as a new era Liverpool ran out winners in this encounter.
For Torres who was making his Chelsea debut against his former employers, it was a day to forget. The Spaniard was taunted unceremoniously by the travelling Kop and was also on the end of a Daniel Agger elbow, one in which Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson would have been proud. Unable to complete 90 minutes, Liverpool scored some three minutes later, when ironically future Chelsea player Raul Meireles, proved to be the match winner.
“Torres, what’s the score, Torres, Torres, what’s the score?” was the chant from the away end, as the ex-Liverpool hero was slumped on the bench, it was a true betrayal of loyalty, one in which a Mr Skywalker can only relate to.
The result was seen as a sign of things to come under then manager Kenny Dalglish, and with Luis Suarez an unused substitute it was a victory that started the renaissance under Kenny.
Chelsea 1-2 Liverpool (November 2011)
Another Stamford Bridge venture for Kenny’s Reds and it was another three points.
The victory was the perfect smash and grab as Liverpool won courtesy of a 90th minute Glen Johnson winner. Yet starting proceedings was the flying winger Maxi Rodriguez, who finished off a fabulous interchanging move featuring Luis Suarez and Craig Bellamy, one which Jurgen Klopp would have been proud. Although soon to be red Daniel Sturridge was to equalise, it was to be another day to forget for Torres, as Johnson pounced 2 minutes after the Spaniard’s introduction, to see all that all three points went to Anfield.
Jubilant on the touchline, Kenny now boasted back-to-back league wins at Chelsea, and it was a win that saw cracks between Chelsea manager Andre Villas Boas and his players widen – always a bonus.
Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool (October 2008)
Displaying their title ambitions immaculately, a Torres-less Liverpool side ran out 0-1 winners, ending the Blues’ 86-game unbeaten home run in the Premier League.
Boasting arguably the best Liverpool side in modern times, the win came courtesy of a deflected Xabi Alonso effort in the 10th minute, and was a signifier of the hugely successful season the Reds were to go on to have. A fine defensive display could only be matched by the performances of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.
A perfect away day performance, the 2008/09 team will be the best side never to win the Premier League.
Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool (October 2015)
A Phillipe Coutinho inspired performance piled huge pressure on then Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, as Liverpool ran out 1-3 winners in what was to be Jurgen Klopp’s first win as Liverpool Manager.
Although going down 1-0 to an early Ramieres goal, the Reds rallied with two strikes from Coutinho, with Christian Benteke rounding off proceedings with an assured finish from the bench.
Animated on the touchline, it was to be the first sign that both the fans and players were buying into Jurgen Klopp’s philosophy, as the Reds responded fantastically to going a goal down, continuing the press. The win provided as huge gratification for the travelling Kop, as Mourinho’s side were in free fall following their poor start.
Chelsea 0-1 Liverpool (May 1986)
In what was unrivalled dominance at the time, the Reds scooped another league title at Stamford Bridge thanks to a hard fought victory.
It was to be a solitary Kenny Dalglish volley that proved to be the game winner, with the strike ensuring the title did not fall into the hands of Merseyside neighbours Everton and it was to be Alan Hansen’s first title as captain.
In a season that saw Liverpool trail Everton by some 13 points, the winning of the title was seen as a huge achievement, and especially coming at rivals Chelsea, it was a case of two birds one stone.