Stamford Bridge will host the second meeting between Chelsea and Liverpool in the space of 72 hours on Saturday.

On Wednesday, Chelsea were 2-1 winners in the Carabao Cup with late goals from Emerson and Eden Hazard sealing the victory at Anfield.

Tomorrow’s meeting will pit the unbeaten Premier League records of both of these sides against one another.

Liverpool are yet to drop any points yet and are currently at the top of the Premier League standings, two points clear of both Chelsea and Manchester City.

As Maurizio Sarri’s side look to overtake Liverpool in the league table, here are three players to have played for both sides.

Joe Cole (Chelsea 2003-2010, Liverpool 2010-2013)

After rising through the ranks at West Ham United, midfielder Joe Cole joined Chelsea for £6.6 million in August 2003.

He was one of the club’s first signings in the Roman Abramovich era and he enjoyed seven successful seasons in South West London.

Cole won seven major trophies in as many years with the club, including three Premier League titles. He was also part of the squad that reached the final of the Champions League in 2008.

In 2010, he left the capital having scored 40 goals for the club in over 280 appearances and joined Liverpool on a free transfer.

His Premier League debut for Liverpool saw Cole get sent off on the stroke of half-time for a challenge on Arsenal defender, Laurent Koscielny.

The 2011/12 season saw him spend the campaign on loan at the French club, LOSC Lille.

Upon his return to Liverpool, Cole stayed with the side for another half of a season before re-signing for West Ham in January 2013, coincidentally, the club who he scored his final Liverpool goal against.

Cole netted five times in 42 appearances for the Reds. He has gone on to play for Aston Villa and Coventry City, before joining the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2016, who he still currently plays for.

Yossi Benayoun (Liverpool 2007-2010, Chelsea 2010-2013)

Another man who has experience at West Ham is Yossi Benayoun, who moved to Liverpool in a £5 million deal in July 2007.

Benayoun would spend three years on Merseyside, where he scored 29 goals in 134 appearances, including hat-tricks against Havant and Waterlooville and Besiktas in his debut season.

He made over 40 appearances in all three of his full seasons at the club, before signing for Chelsea in 2010 for £5.5 million.

His only goal for the Blues came during a 6-0 win over Wigan Athletic in his debut season, a campaign which he largely missed due to a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Whilst a Chelsea player, Benayoun spent time at fellow London clubs Arsenal and West Ham on loan, before signing for Queens Park Rangers permanently in 2013.

He made just 24 appearances for Chelsea during his three years on their books and since leaving QPR, the Isreali has featured for Maccabi Haifa, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Beitar Jerusalem in his home country. Benayoun still plays in Israel, for Maccabi Petah Tikva.

Nicolas Anelka (Liverpool 2001-2002, Chelsea 2008-2012)

Striker Nicolas Anelka spent the back end of 2001/02 season on loan at Liverpool from Paris Saint-Germain.

Anelka made 22 appearances for Liverpool under Gerard Houllier, scoring four times in the Premier League and once in the FA Cup.

He left PSG permanently in 2002 and played for Manchester City, Fenerbache and Bolton Wanders, before signing for Chelsea in January 2008 for £15 million.

His first half season in South West London saw Anelka play in the Champions League final, but his penalty miss in the shootout against Manchester United cost Guus Hiddink’s side the match.

The 2008/09 campaign saw Anelka win the FA Cup and the league’s Golden Boot award.

Anelka formed a clinical partnership with Didier Drogba up front, which helped the club to win the league in the 2009/10 campaign.

He exited Chelsea in 2012 for Shanghai Shenhua, having scored 59 goals in 184 appearances for the Blues. The French forward went on to play for Juventus, West Bromwich Albion and Mumbai City before retiring.

He now works with Dutch side Roda JC as a technical advisor.


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