Liverpool and Chelsea meet tonight at Stamford Bridge in the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final. Tempers flared between Diego Costa and Jordan Henderson during last week’s 1-1 draw at Anfield and with the added tension from the astonishing FA Cup results at the weekend, both sides will have plenty to prove.
Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from an embarrassing defeat to Bradford City on Saturday, where they not only let a two goal lead slip but also conceded four goals. Mourinho has said he was ashamed of the result against their League One opposition and has called on the players and fans to do more.
“If Stamford Bridge can give us 25 percent of the emotion Anfield gave Liverpool. I think we can do it”.
Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool side will be hoping to continue their mid-season renaissance. With the criticism he has come into this season with his side’s league and Champions League form, Rodgers could restore a lot of faith by guiding Liverpool to Wembley.
The two sides have a recent history for producing memorable moments in cup competitions and here, thecity.ie take a look at three of their best ecnounters.
Liverpool 2 – 3 Chelsea (aet)
27 Feb 2005 League Cup final at the Millennium Stadium
Jose Mourinho’s first piece of silverware as Chelsea manager came courtesy of an extraordinary Carling Cup final success over Liverpool at the Millenium Stadium. Mourinho, and Rafa Benitez, had arrived in English football in the summer of 2004 and the “Special One” immediately initialised a move for Liverpool captain, Steven Gerrard – creating serious animosity between the clubs.
The lasting memory of that Cup final for most people will be Steven Gerrard’s own-goal that took the tie to extra-time, following an early John Arne Riise goal for Liverpool.
Liverpool 1 – 0 Chelsea
3 May 2005 Champions League semi-final, second leg at Anfield
This was the year Liverpool famously came back from three-nil down to upset AC Milan and win their fifth European Cup after a penalty shoot-out. But what they sometimes forget is that Liverpool also went through an extraordinarily tight semi-final with Chelsea.
The difference between those two side came down to Luis Garcia’s “ghost goal”.
Chelsea 4 – 4 Liverpool (aet)
14 March 2009 Champions League quarter-final second leg at Stamford Bridge
The teams met once again in the Champions League, this time in the last eight of the 2008/09 competition, with Chelsea holding a 3-1 advantage from the first leg. Rafa Benitez’s side were looking to stage another remarkable comeback win and seemed to be on their way when Fabio Aurelio and Xabi Alonso gave them a 2-0 half-time lead.
It was not to be for the Reds, however. Didier Drogba, Alex and Frank Lampard hit back for the home side and ,in doing so, ended Liverpool’s hopes of another Champions League semi-final.