5 controversial moments from the Chelsea-Liverpool rivalry
The Chelsea-Liverpool rivalry is one which has been boiling over since the Mourinho-Benitez era. The two teams have faced each other multiple times in the League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup over the years and many of the matches between the two have turned out to be memorable ones.During the Benitez era at Liverpool, the Reds denied Mourinho a chance to reach the Champions League final in a controversial manner and in the same year Mourinho’s Chelsea defeated Liverpool in the final of the League Cup.However, the tension between the two sides rose due to several reasons and in April 2014 it reached the pinnacle as Chelsea defeated Liverpool at Anfield to deny the Reds a chance to lift their maiden Premier League title.The next match between the two teams should be an entertaining one as both teams have animated managers in the dugout who are very passionate and tactically brilliant. It will be a game between Chelsea’s brilliant defence versus Liverpool’s free-flowing attack. So here are five controversial moments from this intense rivalry as a curtain raiser for this mouthwatering clash.
#1 Mourinho shushes Liverpool fans
The year 2005 was a memorable one for both Liverpool and Chelsea as it was in this year that Chelsea lifted their maiden Premier League title and Liverpool their fifth Champions League title. But before these events happened, in February 2005, the two teams faced each other in a League Cup final.
Liverpool took the lead in the very first minute of the game, courtesy of a volley from John Arne Riise. The Reds continued to frustrate Chelsea, but in the 79th minute an unfortunate header from Steven Gerrard following a Chelsea free kick landed in his own net.
Mourinho celebrated the goal by making a shushing gesture towards the Liverpool fans and he was sent off for the same.
The Blues went on to win the game in extra time and in his post-match press conference he claimed that the gesture was for the press and not the Liverpool fans: "The signal of close your mouth was not for them but for the press, they speak too much and in my opinion they try to do everything to disturb Chelsea. Wait, don't speak too soon. We lost two matches and in my opinion you (the media) try to take confidence from us and put pressure on us."