It is rare that the fires need stoking before Liverpool and Chelsea meet, although there is little riding on the game for the hosts on Wednesday night. Jürgen Klopp’s side have already been crowned Premier League champions and will receive their trophy, while the Blues are still very much in the hunt for Champions League qualification.
In 2014, Liverpool were hot on the trail of the Premier League title. Steven Gerrard, their captain, knew this was the only trophy he had never won at club level and that he would never have a better chance.
But Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea came to town and beat them, courtesy in part of a goal by Demba Ba, who capitalised on a slip by Gerrard.
Chelsea’s official twitter account posted a reminder of the goal with the cheeky caption “back to Anfield tomorrow”. Unsurprisingly, it went viral, much to the pleasure of Chelsea fans. But they later deleted the tweet, which has been caught by the above screenshot.
Gerrard, of course, almost joined Chelsea from the Reds, but made a spectacular u-turn, which made him a very unpopular man in West London. Six years on from that event with Ba, it is unlikely that we’ll see anything quite as dramatic.