With just four more matchweeks left, the Premier League title race between Liverpool and Manchester City is white hot. As Manchester City travel to Selhurst Park, Liverpool will play host to Chelsea. A schedule that is eerily similar to one five years ago, when Steven Gerrard’s slip against Chelsea cost Liverpool the title.
Both sides looking for successive wins
Where Liverpool are contending for the title, Chelsea are battling for a top-four spot with Arsenal and Manchester United. Both sides have been on top of their game in the past few weeks.
Liverpool have won four on the trot, while Chelsea have won three in a row. The Reds, incredibly, have only lost one game in the Premier League; a 1-0 defeat to Man City in January.
Will Chelsea be Liverpool’s bogey at Anfield again?
For all of Liverpool’s exploits at Anfield, the Reds are winless against Chelsea out there in six attempts. In that span, Liverpool have lost twice and drawn four against the Blues. Unsurprisingly, the most significant loss was the one in the 2013-14 season.
Interestingly, that loss came on a day when Manchester City faced Crystal Palace. The Citizens went on to win the Premier League title that season. The fixture list today is same as it was in 2014; a foreshadowing of things to come, perhaps?
Last time out
The reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge saw a draw between both sides. Both teams were undefeated at the time in the Premier League.
Chelsea struck first in that match, via Eden Hazard. The Blues held the lead until the later stages of the match where a Daniel Sturridge wonder-strike restored parity.