Chelsea’s English Premier League top four hopes could go either way on Sunday, as they travel to face title challengers Liverpool.
Maurizio Sarri’s side have won four on the bounce in all competitions leading up to the crunch game and will hope that momentum continues as the season reaches its business end.
The game looks to be in the balance on paper, as Chelsea have won five and Liverpool have won six in all competitions when the sides have met each other since 2010.
Ahead of the game, we have looked at three players that have graced both the blue and red shirts.
Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea 2009-2013, Liverpool 2013-present)
After he spent three seasons in Manchester City’s first team, Daniel Sturridge moved south to Stamford Bridge in 2009.
The striker didn’t truly start to make a name for himself until he had a spell on loan at Bolton Wanderers, where he impressed from the very start and scored eight goals in 12 league appearances.
In 2012, Andre Vilas-Boas arrived as new Blues manager and this signalled a change in fortunes for young Sturridge as he saw himself in the first team picture on a more regular basis. That was until the Portuguese was sacked and Roberto Di Matteo took interim charge. Di Matteo favoured the old guard in his quest to save Chelsea’s season.
Sturridge joined Liverpool in January of 2013 and throughout his early Reds career he was vital alongside Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez, also named the deadly “SAS” trio.
However, things took a turn with the departures of Sterling and Suarez; and coupled with a carousel of injuries, his performances dipped and his time in the first team has been sparse ever since.
A loan to West Bromwich Albion in 2018 did little to change the fortunes of Sturridge as he failed to score a league goal in six games.
The forward returned to Merseyside at the start of the 2018/2019 season and has only made 15 league appearances so far, although he did win the Goal of the Month in September for his superb curling effort against his former side Chelsea.
Glen Johnson (Chelsea 2003-2007, Liverpool 2009-2015)
Full-back Glen Johnson signed for The Blues from West Ham United in 2003 following The Hammers’ relegation from the top flight.
Roman Abramovich’s first signing did not prove out to be the best in the long run as Johnson only managed 41 league appearances over a four-year period. However, he did pick up a League Cup winners’ medal in 2005 and an English Premier League medal in the same season.
Two seasons at Portsmouth followed after his departure from Chelsea, but he then made the move to Liverpool in 2009.
Johnson’s time at Anfield would prove to be a more successful period on an individual level. He featured 160 times for The Reds in the league and won the 2012 League Cup in the process.
After six seasons on Merseyside, he joined Stoke City where he would eventually finish his career in 2019.
Boudewijn Zenden (Chelsea 2001-2004, Liverpool 2005-2007)
A product of the PSV Eindhoven academy from 1987 until 1993, Boudewijn Zenden arrived on the footballing scene amid huge promise.
His CV looked impressive from the start, with PSV and Barcelona already on the list before his move to Stamford Bridge in 2001.
A rather successful spell at the Nou Camp was unfortunately was not replicated in South West London as he failed to nail down a spot in the first team throughout his three-year stay.
Zenden was loaned out to Middlesbrough in his final season at the club, where he would eventually sign on a permanent basis. The Dutch winger only made 43 league appearances for The Blues.
Liverpool came calling in 2005 but he was hit with a number of serious injuries throughout which ruled him out for the majority of his Reds career.
He did however win the UEFA Super Cup in 2005 and the FA Community Shield in 2006; and also played in both legs of the 2006/2007 UEFA Champions League semi-finals against former side Chelsea as Liverpool progressed to the final.
Zenden announced his retirement in 2011 and was even the assistant manager at Chelsea for a short period under Rafael Benitez.
By Darion Westwood