Ranking the 13 players to play for Liverpool and Chelsea in the PL era

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Fernando Torres celebrates after scoring for Chelsea in the Community Shield. Villa Park, 12th August 2012.

Liverpool and Chelsea have had their fair share of battles in the Premier League over the years and they have also shared some brilliant players in that time.

Throughout the 2000s their rivalry was one of the most entertaining in English football. These two sides very rarely disappointed when they came up against each other.

With that in mind, we’ve picked out the 13 players that have played for Liverpool and Chelsea in the Premier League era and ranked them from worst to best.

13. Dominic Solanke

Solanke never quite made it at either Anfield or Stamford Bridge, but he has now found his goalscoring form with Bournemouth in the Premier League.

Liverpool did well to get £19million for him at the time, but considering he has only made a combined total of 27 appearances for both clubs, he is the obvious choice for last place.

12. Fabio Borini

The Italian forward made his first-ever professional appearance for Chelsea after they had picked him up from the Bologna academy. He was also Brendan Rodgers’ first Liverpool signing. In the end, he only lasted a couple of years at Anfield until he moved on.

Dublin, Ireland. 14th May, 2014. Fabio Borini (Liverpool FC) celebrates scoring during the football friendly between Shamrock Rovers and Liverpool FC from the Aviva Stadium.

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11. Bolo Zenden

Injuries hampered Zenden’s spells with both Chelsea and Liverpool. He still managed to have a catalogue of moments though, including starring in Liverpool’s famous Champions League semi-final triumph in 2007.

10. Raul Meireles

The Portuguese midfielder made the direct switch from Merseyside to London in the summer of 2011. Following a long-term injury to Michael Essien, Chelsea were in the market for a midfielder to fill the void.

Across his spells for both club’s he made a total of 66 appearances and scored 11 goals. He also came on as a second-half substitute during Chelsea’s 2012 FA Cup triumph against his former side.

9. Glen Johnson

Johnson only won one trophy with Liverpool during his six-year stint with the club, but he was an ever-dependable member of their first team. Making a total of 200 appearances for Liverpool, he scored a few beauties too.

8. Victor Moses

Antonio Conte brought the best out of Moses and moulded him into a Premier League-winning wing-back in 2016-17. His brief spell with Liverpool was less impressive, but he filled a gap in their squad for a year.

7. Yossi Benayoun

The popular playmaker has been a cult hero at almost every club he has played for – and he’s played for a lot of teams. He enjoyed a career which spanned over 20 years and saw him play for 11 different clubs.

His best stint in England was spent with Liverpool where he scored 29 goals in 134 appearances. His Chelsea career was kept short but sweet as he made just 24 appearances. He did play a role in their victorious 2012-13 Europa League campaign to be fair.

6. Raheem Sterling

There’s no doubt that Sterling is a Premier League great, but his best moments have come in a Manchester City shirt. He was electric when he first burst onto the scene with Liverpool in 2012.

Sterling made a total of 129 appearances for the Reds and scored 23 goals. He made the switch over to Stamford Bridge in the summer but is yet to really get going in a Chelsea shirt.

5. Joe Cole

Chelsea snapped Cole up for £6.6million back in August 2003 and what an impact he went on to have. Scoring 39 goals across 282 appearances, the winger was like lightning in a bottle.

His brief stint at Liverpool was perhaps less remarkable, but during his peak Cole was a joy to watch each week.

4. Nicolas Anelka

The Frenchman played for six different English clubs throughout his career, but he enjoyed his most prolific spell with Chelsea between 2008-2012. Signed for £15million, Anelka went on to score 59 goals for Chelsea and won four trophies.

Liverpool fans were only treated to one season of the Frenchman as he spent the 2001–02 season on loan at Anfield. During his spell at the club he scored five goals in 22 appearances.

3. Daniel Sturridge

The version of Sturridge we saw for Liverpool between 2012-2014 was unstoppable. He along with Luis Suarez formed a formidable partnership in that time which almost saw them win the league.

Considering that plenty of his appearances came from the bench whilst he was with Chelsea, his goal return of 24 in 96 games is also respectable for them.

2. Fernando Torres

The Spanish forward didn’t have the best of time at Stamford Bridge after his £50million move, but he still played a key role in their Champions League triumph with that goal against Barcelona.

In a Liverpool shirt he was absolutely untouchable. With 81 goals in 142 appearances for the Reds, he is one of the best strikers of the Premier League era.

1. Mohamed Salah

Who else but the Egyptian King?

Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield, Liverpool, October 2022.

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