Liverpool and Chelsea are making a habit of meeting in the Champions League. Here we look at their recent contests in the competition.
(Chelsea 0 Liverpool 0; Liverpool 1 Chelsea 0)
In the end only a "ghost goal", as Jose Mourinho referred to it, from Luis Garcia could separate the sides after two remarkably tense semi-final legs. The first ended goalless after Frank Lampard spurned a great chance for Chelsea. Garcia put the Reds ahead early at Anfield although the Blues, and particularly boss Mourinho, fumed about it not crossing the line. Eidur Gudjohnsen could have snatched it with a precious away goal in the seven minutes of injury time played but his effort crept narrowly wide.
2005-06 GROUP STAGES
(Liverpool 0 Chelsea 0; Chelsea 0 Liverpool 0)
After winning the competition but failing to qualify again through the Premier League, Liverpool were invited to take part again as England's fifth team, although without country protection. They were paired with Mourinho's men in the group stages and again there was little between them. Both games ended goalless but the rancour increased with Michael Essien escaping a red card for a horrendous challenge on Dietmar Hamann which UEFA later deemed warranted a ban.
(Chelsea 1 Liverpool 0; Liverpool 1 Chelsea 0 - Liverpool won on penalties)
Chelsea this time claimed the initiative with a Joe Cole goal when the sides met again in the last four. But Liverpool struck back through Daniel Agger in the second leg at Anfield and went on to progress 4-1 on penalties. Goalkeeper Jose Reina was the hero in the shootout, saving spot-kicks from Geremi and Arjen Robben.