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GUARDIAN – Liverpool v Chelsea: five flashpoints from a modern football rivalry | Dominic Fifield

With the two sides renewing a stormy relationship in the Capital One Cup semi-final on Tuesday, a look back at some of the key fixtures where Merseysiders have seen red and Londoners have turned the air blue• José Mourinho admits regret at failing to lure Steven GerrardGames between Chelsea and Liverpool have always had their own particular needle, with collisions invariably feisty, but the hostility between the two clubs and their supporters rose to new levels on the appointments of José Mourinho and Rafael Benítez back in the summer of 2004. This was the old order against the nouveaux riches and familiarity has helped to breed contempt, with 37 meetings in domestic and European competitions in the period since. There have been a League Cup final, three Champions League semi-finals and a last eight European fixture, alongside FA Cup semis and a final and pivotal league clashes. Here are five of the more memorable in a rivalry which will be resumed in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday: Continue reading…

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