José Mourinho and Chelsea put a dent in Liverpool’s title challenge on Sunday with a 2-0 win at Anfield.
A fortnight on from Steven Gerrard’s joyous celebrations at the end of their fortunate 3-2 win over Manchester City. The captain huddled his team mates to declare they would win the Premier League.
It was the same Liverpool captain whose error led to Demba Ba’s opening goal on Sunday. A point would have kept the title in Liverpool’s control. But the Reds failed to break down a stubborn Chelsea defence, albeit one missing Petr Čech, John Terry and Gary Cahill.
José Mourinho has now won 7 of his 9 Premier League games against Liverpool as Chelsea manager. Here they are:
Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool 3 October 2004
Joe Cole scored the only goal of the game just after the hour mark in Mourinho’s first match against Liverpool as Chelsea manager back in October 2004. This was the Portuguese manager’s sixth win in only his eighth Premier League game.
The England international had failed to score in his four starts that season but his winner after replacing Didier Drogba late in the first half was his second goal in two substitute appearances to that point in what turned out to be an impressive season for the former West Ham youngster.
As for Liverpool, this would be Rafa Benítez’s third defeat in four away games, drawing at Tottenham, losing at Bolton and Manchester United prior to their trip to Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool 0-1 Chelsea 1 January 2005
The same result at Anfield as at Stamford Bridge earlier in the 2004-05 season as Chelsea were 1-0 victors thanks to a goal from substitute Joe Cole. The player who would later go on to play for the Reds scored the winner in the 80th minute this time.
Liverpool had been without top scorer Milan Baroš for the game and their starting line-up did include the likes of Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan, Djimi Traoré, John Arne Riise, Florent Sinama Pongolle, Antonio Núñez and Neil Mellor.
Of course, Rafa Benítez’s side would go on to controversially beat Chelsea in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League that season and shock the world by winning the trophy against AC Milan in May. Taking the trophy away from José Mourinho and FC Porto in the process.
Chelsea did beat Liverpool 3-2 in the League Cup final at the Millennium Stadium.
Liverpool 1-4 Chelsea 2 October 2005
Chelsea made it eight wins out of eight in the start of their Premier League title defence in October 2005 with a humiliation of Liverpool at Anfield.
Steven Gerrard cancelled out Frank Lampard’s penalty that had opened the score for Chelsea on 27 minutes. Damien Duff restored the away side’s lead just before half-time before Joe Cole made it 3 goals in 3 Premier League appearances against Liverpool under Mourinho. This was the first time Cole had started against the Reds. Geremi made a late substitute appearance to score what would be his second goal in as many Premier League appearances to date that season.
Didier Drogba proved to be too difficult for the Liverpool central pair of Jamie Carrragher and Sami Hyypiä.
Chelsea 2-0 Liverpool 5 February 2006
After back-to-back draws against Charlton Athletic and Aston Villa, Chelsea moved 15 points clear of the pack with a 2-0 win over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in February 2006, giving José Mourinho a 4-0-0 head-to-head record against the Reds in the Premier League.
William Gallas and Hernán Crespo scored a goal in each half for the Blues. The Argentinian striker had earlier had a goal wrongfully ruled out for offside. Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina was shown a red card in the final minutes of the game after putting his hand on Arjen Robben’s face causing a ridiculous reaction from the flying Dutchman.
Rafa Benítez did get one over on Mourinho in the FA Cup, beating the Blues 2-1 in the semi-final at Old Trafford before beating West Ham on penalties in the final. Chelsea won the FA Cup either side of this season, giving Mourinho two successes in his first three seasons at Chelsea in England’s longest-running cup competition.
Liverpool improved their Premier League performance that season, moving up from a 5th place finish to 3rd at the end of 2005-06.
Chelsea 1-0 Liverpool 17 September 2006
10-man Chelsea held on to a 1-0 win over Liverpool at the start of the 2006-07 season thanks to Didier Drogba’s smashing effort from 18 yards on the stroke of half-time.
It took a moment of magic from the Ivorian striker to break the deadlock against an organised Liverpool defence one season on from conceding six goals in their two games versus what had become a rival team thanks to the hatred shown between the two managers.
Early in the second half Michael Ballack was sent off for treading on Mohamed Sissoko’s leg. Despite the extra man for nearly 40 minutes, Liverpool failed to produce a single goal to make it five losses in a row against Mourinho in England’s top flight.
Liverpool 2-0 Chelsea 20 January 2007
The Chelsea train had begun to slow down before their defeat at Anfield in 2007 – winning only one of their previous four matches prior to losing to Liverpool.
Petr Čech had returned in goal after a three-month absence following a collision with Reading’s Stephen Hunt. Centre-back pair of John Terry and Ricardo Carvalho were both absent, whilst Claude Makélélé was suspended too.
Dirk Kuyt and Jermaine Pennant had given Liverpool a 2-0 lead inside the opening 20 minutes of the game and Rafa Benítez’s side were able to hang on from there.
Chelsea drew their final five games of the season as Manchester United finished 6 points ahead of Mourinho’s side to claim their 16th English league title. Liverpool once again finished below Chelsea, in 3rd.
For a second successive season, Liverpool eliminated Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals. This time on penalties after a 1-1 draw on aggregate. This time Liverpool would lose to AC Milan in the final.
Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea 19 August 2007
Both sides have got off to a winning start in the 2007-08 season – Liverpool beating Aston Villa, Chelsea beating Birmingham City and Reading before they met at Anfield.
£20 million striker Fernando Torres opened his account for Liverpool inside 15 minutes on his Anfield debut in this game, before Frank Lampard rescued a point for the visitors from the penalty spot in the second half.
José Mourinho would leave three league games later, after winning only 3 of his first 6 Premier League matches. The Special One had also drawn 1-1 with Rosenborg in the Champions League.
Under Avram Grant, Chelsea would finish runners-up to Manchester United in both the Premier League and Champions League. They defeated Liverpool 3-2 on aggregate in the semi-final of the Champions League that season. Liverpool finished 4th in the Premier League that season.
Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool 29 December 2013
Liverpool had been top of the Premier League on Christmas Day before losing back-to-back matches, first to Manchester City on Boxing day and then to Chelsea three days later.
Brendan Rodgers’ side had taken the lead against City before succumbing to defeat. The similar occurred at Stamford Bridge when Martin Škrtel had opened the scoring inside 3 minutes.
Chelsea dominated possession after falling behind early and levelled through Eden Hazard on 17 minutes. Samuel Eto’o gave the Blues the lead before half-time and they were able to defend that lead in the second half.
Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea 27 April 2014
Liverpool had won 14 of their 16 Premier League matches in 2014, drawing the other two, all since losing their last game of 2013 at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea were without 7 players who started their Champions League draw at Atlético Madrid on Tuesday.
20-year old Tomáš Kalas was making his Premier League debut in the centre of defence alongside Branislav Ivanović who had played right-back for the majority of the season. César Azpilicueta was switched from left to right-back and Ashley Cole was making only his second Premier League appearance since January. 41-year old Mark Schwarzer was in goal for the injured Petr Čech. Neither Eden Hazard, Oscar or Willian started. Surely a home win for the Premier League’s leaders and top scorers, right?
Brendan Rodgers and the confident Liverpool supporters were outmastered by the master himself, José Mourinho as they failed to give Liverpool a clear goalscoring opportunity in 90 minutes. Demba Ba capitalised on a howler from Steven Gerrard before Fernando Torres set up substitute Willian in stoppage time to put a massive dent in Liverpool’s title hopes, having headed into the match as clear favourites.