Chelsea and Liverpool are no strangers to each other and the rivalry between the sides blossomed during the Jose Mourinho-Rafael Benitez era.
They met an amazing 10 times in just two seasons and there is still bad blood between the two teams ahead of Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off between the pair.
Fixtures across every front, including a highly controversial Champions League semi-final famous for Luis Garcia’s ‘ghost goal,’ manifested a competitive rivalry over the course of those 10 meetings, which often left a sour taste in the mouth.
While Liverpool often proved the Blues’ achilles heel in cup competitions, Chelsea dominated proceedings in the Premier League as Mourinho failed to lose a league contest between the two during his first tenure at Stamford Bridge.
One of those fixtures will resonate prevalently with Blues fans, not only because of the result, but also the manner in which they dispatched one of their title rivals.
The convincing 4-1 result at Anfield in October 2005, spearheaded by the mercurial figure of Didier Drogba, put Chelsea nine points clear at the top of the Premier League and 17 points ahead of their hosts.
Drogba’s performance was breathtaking, playing a major part in all four of Mourinho’s side’s goals despite not scoring himself.
The two teams had met just three days earlier in a Champions League group stage stalemate at Anfield, but this was a much more one-sided affair.
Liverpool left-back Djimi Traore is no stranger to comical errors, and the way he gifted Chelsea an opener had many Liverpool fans scratching their heads.
The Malian defender blasted a clearance against the on-rushing Drogba before proceeding to hack down the Ivory Coast forward to give Chelsea one of the most stone-wall penalties you are ever likely to see.
Frank Lampard stepped up to squeeze the resulting spot-kick under the body of Pepe Reina, before being booked for a rather over-exuberant celebration in front of the Kop.
The home sided responded quickly and, with the roaring home support behind them, equalised just after the half hour mark.
A corner found its way to Reds’ captain Steven Gerrard, who has had his fair share of embarrassments himself against the Blues down the years. The Liverpool skipper duly hammered his shot across Petr Cech to draw his side level.
Drogba then provided his first of many moments of brilliance. Picking up play out on the left, he flicked the ball with his heel around Liverpool centre-back Sami Hyypia before bearing down on the penalty area.
The big forward then had the presence in mind to pick out Damien Duff, who slid in to restore the visitors’ lead just before half-time.
The Ivorian wasted a golden chance at the start of the second half to give his performance the goal it deserved, but it wasn’t long before he was terrorising the home defence again.
Just after the hour, Drogba escaped the attentions of Hyypia again and cut inside before inadvertently skewing his shot to Joe Cole, who had the easiest task of tapping in to make it 3-1.
The Blues were starting to play like the formidable champions they were, but Liverpool weren’t going down without a fight.
Both John Arne Riise and Peter Crouch went close for the home team but Cech’s reflexes and a wayward finish respectively ensured there would be no way back.
The Blues were in a ruthless mood and wrapped the game up with just under 10 minutes to play. Again Drogba was heavily involved, breaking down the Liverpool right flank before squaring for the substitute Geremi to shoot high into an unguarded net.
Drogba was deservedly named man of the match and Chelsea would unerringly march towards their second successive Premier League title under Mourinho at a canter.
Keep up to date with all the build-up, matchday and post-game reaction to Liverpool v Chelsea right here on GetWestLondon