Throwback: When Liverpool last faced Chelsea with a title on the line

Can title-chasers Liverpool overcome in-form Eden Hazard and Chelsea?

The finish line is within sights. Only a few challenges remain. Can Liverpool, after a long, barren period, finally lift the coveted Premier League trophy? To do so, however, they will have to first get the better of rivals, Chelsea. Five years ago, a freakishly similar situation awaited the Reds. 

The 2013/14 Premier League season was a memorable one for Liverpool. The Merseysiders were under the rule of a young manager, Brendan Rogers, who hade converted them into one of the most stylish sides in Europe.

They even had a team full of exciting talent, with the likes of Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho, and Steven Gerrard, all playing in the historic red kit. However, for the fans, one thing took precedence over a good manager and a bunch of talented players – the Premier League crown.

Much to the amusement of the entire nation, Liverpool had never lifted the Premier League crown. However, that season was supposed to be different; it was supposed to be The One.

The Reds were marching on to their first Premier League title, fending off opponents Manchester City in the process. They had accumulated 80 points from 35 matches, while City were six points behind with a game in hand.

On matchday 36, Liverpool faced a visit from Chelsea knowing that a win would effectively seal the Premier League title for them. The Blues, who were depleted due to an ongoing UEFA Champions League campaign, were expected to name a relatively weak lineup, making the task easier for the Reds.

Liverpool were making good progress in the match until horror struck. Captain Steven Gerrard, who had infamously rallied his troops behind after beating Manchester City by shouting “This does not f*****g slip” on live television, slipped and allowed Demba Ba to score against the run of play.

Willian scored the second, and the final, goal of the match deep into stoppage time. The Brazilian was provided with a simple pass by Fernando Torres, who had capitalized on yet another Liverpool mistake, albeit a much-less publicized one.

Liverpool’s campaign wasn’t completely derailed by Chelsea but the Blues had put a major dent on their title hopes. The killer blow came a week later at the hands of Crystal Palace, who came from three goals down to hold the Merseysiders to a draw.

Two disappointing results allowed Manchester City to leapfrog their rivals into first position, which they held for one more week to win the 2013/14 Premier League title.

This time it is different, however. This title race is nothing like the one which took place half a decade ago! Except-

Liverpool lead Manchester City, just like they did five years ago.

Manchester City have a game in hand, just like they did five years ago.

And if that wasn’t freaky enough –

On April 27, 2014 – Liverpool played Chelsea while Manchester City played Crystal Palace with the title on the line.

On April 14, 2019 – Liverpool play Chelsea while Manchester City play Crystal Palace with the title on the line.

Lightning doesn’t strike twice though, does it?

 

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