Sunday’s game between Liverpool and Chelsea holds huge importance.
For Liverpool, only victory is enough as they look to keep pace with Manchester City – who play before them – in the Premier League title race.
Should City win their game against Crystal Palace, Jurgen Klopp’s men will need to beat Chelsea to regain top spot. Lose or draw and they’ll stay second.
As for Chelsea, they’re currently third but risk being overtaken by Tottenham and Arsenal if they lose. Both sides also have a game in hand over the Blues.
A tense affair is expected at Anfield, then, not least because of what happened in the very same fixture under the very same circumstances on April 27, 2014.
Liverpool were top of the table, five points clear and only had three games remaining when they hosted Chelsea. A draw was needed at the very least.
But an infamous slip from Steven Gerrard and goals from Demba Ba and Willian saw Chelsea win 2-0 to blow open the title race and give City a way back into contention.
Liverpool drew their next game to fall two points behind City and in the end they finished second, much to the despair of the players and fans.
Jose Mourinho deployed his ‘park the bus’ tactics that day and after the game he gave an interview that will live long in the memory. Here’s how the conversation went:
REPORTER: “You ran up the tunnel shouting ‘they wanted the clowns’, what did you mean by that?”
MOURINHO: “I don’t know. I was speaking with someone that was speaking about… circus.”
REPORTER: “Give us an insight into your tactics in the game, what your thinking was, what you wanted to do.”
MOURINHO: “Oh, you speak with Jamie Redknapp and he tells you everything about it!”
REPORTER: “Come on Jose, was it about breaking Liverpool’s style up, breaking it down? What was it about?”
MOURINHO: “About nothing. About winning. You have your pundits where Jamie Redknapp is a brilliant football brain that can explain you everything.”