champions League drama, Benitez v Mourinho: The recent rivalry between Chelsea and Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to Chelsea on Friday Night Football
Liverpool travel to Chelsea on Friday Night Football


Chelsea face Liverpool on Friday Night Football in what promises to be the latest instalment in a particularly modern rivalry.
The two teams have played each other 41 times since 2005, contesting cup finals, Champions League ties and plenty of Premier League and FA Cup encounters too. For comparison, Liverpool have faced Manchester United 29 times over the same period.
The dislike, then, is borne out of recent familiarity rather than geographical proximity. So when did it start?