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Liverpool and Chelsea do battle in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday… but can you name all 13 players who have played for both clubs in the Premier League era?


Two Premier League giants will clash on Sunday afternoon as Liverpool take on Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final. 

Over the years, these two teams have gone head-to-head in some epic battles, and this will be the third time the clubs have met in the final of the League Cup.

Their last Wembley final came in 2022, when Chelsea were beaten by Liverpool on penalties. The Blues will no doubt be looking to avenge that result this time out.

Jurgen Klopp‘s side remain on course for four trophies this season in what is the German’s final campaign at the helm of the Reds, a hunt they will hope remains on track after the Wembley date with the Blues.

There is a great deal of history between the clubs, but that hasn’t stopped some players turning out for both.

So, how many of the 13 players who have crossed the divide between Chelsea and Liverpool in the Premier League era can you name?  

Liverpool come into the match having claimed a dramatic comeback victory against Luton in midweek

Chelsea meanwhile sealed a 1-1 draw against Man City at the weekend

Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino will go head-to-head in the Carabao Cup final this Sunday

All roads lead to Wembley: Sunday's final will be the third time Liverpool and Chelsea have met in the EFL Cup final

All roads lead to Wembley: Sunday’s final will be the third time Liverpool and Chelsea have met in the EFL Cup final

  1. Boudewijn Zenden 

Chelsea: 59 games, four goals. Liverpool: 47 games, two goals.  

Dutch left-winger Zenden, also known as ‘Bolo’, joined Chelsea from Barcelona back in 2001 in the same summer that the Blues signed Frank Lampard. He struggled to pin down a spot in Claudio Ranieri‘s starting XI, leaving the club for Middlesbrough in 2003 after being hampered by injuries. 

Bolo was initially loaned back to Chelsea for a season, before leaving Boro to join Liverpool in 2005. He went on to help the Reds win the UEFA Super Cup and reach the Champions League final in 2007. 

Boudewijn Zenden (R) joined Chelsea from Barcelona back in 2001 in the same summer that the Blues' would sign Frank Lampard (L)

Boudewijn Zenden (R) joined Chelsea from Barcelona back in 2001 in the same summer that the Blues’ would sign Frank Lampard (L)

2. Mohamed Salah

Chelsea: 19 games, two goals. Liverpool: 333 games, 205 goals.  

After joining Chelsea from Basel in January 2014, Salah went on to make 19 appearances, returning two goals for the Blues. The Egyptian, who has established himself as one of the Premier League’s greatest forwards, was loaned out to both Fiorentina and Roma during his time on the books at Chelsea.

Interestingly, Salah, who is now considered royalty among Liverpool fans, played a part in Chelsea’s victory against Liverpool back in 2014 which put a huge dent in the Reds’ title challenge after Steven Gerrard slipped at Anfield. Fast forward three years and Salah joined the Merseyside outfit for £39million. It was here that he would find his form in the Premier League, going on to score 205 goals in 333 appearances for the club. 

Mohamed Salah joined Chelsea when he was 21 from FC Basel, but would enjoy more success with Liverpool

Mohamed Salah joined Chelsea when he was 21 from FC Basel, but would enjoy more success with Liverpool

3. Joe Cole 

Chelsea: 281 games, 39 goals. Liverpool: 42 games, five goals. 

One of Chelsea’s most decorated stars, Cole would enjoy a glittering career with the Blues, winning three Premier League titles and three FA Cups after joining from West Ham in 2003. The attacking midfielder was known for his creativity and threat through the middle, but would ultimately leave Chelsea in 2010 after seven years at Stamford Bridge. 

He’d join Liverpool not long after on a free transfer, but things didn’t quite work out as he might have hoped, with the ex-England star scoring five times in 42 games, during an injury stricken spell at the club.

After leaving Chelsea, things wouldn't go quite the way Joe cole would have hoped at Liverpool with the former England star making just two appearances for the Reds

After leaving Chelsea, things wouldn’t go quite the way Joe cole would have hoped at Liverpool with the former England star making just two appearances for the Reds

4. Daniel Sturridge

Chelsea: 96 games, 24 goals. Liverpool 160 games, 68 goals. 

His humorous video previewing this week’s Champions League clashes got many people laughing on social media, but Sturridge enjoyed European success with both Liverpool and Chelsea during his playing career. After beginning his footballing career with Manchester City, the former England striker would move to Stamford bridge in 2009. He’d go on to score 24 goals for the Blues, before departing for Liverpool in 2013. 

It was here, though, that Sturridge really found his form, striking up a partnership  Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling to become one of the most feared forward line ups in the Premier League. In fact, during his first full season at the club, he’d go on to score an impressive 25 goals in all competitions.

Speaking on his partnership with Sturridge in 2023, he said: ‘We just had that thing where we knew where each other would be. It was a joy to play with him, I wish I could have played with him longer, to be honest, because it was only a season-and-a-half.

‘Our partnership was almost like two players who had individual technical abilities to score goals on their own, but could also create for each other, and I think that’s what probably made us a good partnership.’

Daniel Sturridge (R) reflected on his partnership with Luis Suarez (L) claiming: 'It was a joy to play with him'

Daniel Sturridge (R) reflected on his partnership with Luis Suarez (L) claiming: ‘It was a joy to play with him’

5. Fabio Borini

Chelsea: eight games, 0 goals. Liverpool: 38 games, three goals. 

Despite rising through the youth ranks at Chelsea, Borini would go on to make eight appearances during his four-year spell at the west London club. Injuries prevented him from featuring regularly for the Blues, with Borini ultimately joining Parma in 2011. 

It wasn’t long though before he found himself back playing in England, with the winger following Brendan Rodgers to the club in 2012 after having previously worked with the manager at Swansea.  

Fabio Borini rose through the youth ranks at Chelsea but only went on to make eight appearances for the club

Fabio Borini rose through the youth ranks at Chelsea but only went on to make eight appearances for the club

6. Glen Johnson 

Chelsea: 71 games, four goals. Liverpool: 200 games, nine goals.  

Johnson won the EFL Cup with both Liverpool and Chelsea during his professional career. He was notably the first signing of the Roman Abramovich era, joining the club from West Ham in 2003 before helping the Blues go on to win back-to-back Premier league titles under Jose Mourinho. 

The England full-back would subsequently leave Chelsea in 2007, signing with Liverpool in 2009 after a spell with Portsmouth – scoring on his Liverpool debut to help the reds defeat Stoke 4-0. 

Glen Johnson would enjoy a dream start to life at Liverpool, scoring on his debut during his side's 4-0 win against Stoke

Glen Johnson would enjoy a dream start to life at Liverpool, scoring on his debut during his side’s 4-0 win against Stoke 

7. Victor Moses 

Chelsea: 128 games, 18 goals. Liverpool: 22 games, two goals.  

Moses spent the majority of his playing career on the books at Chelsea but would join up with Liverpool on loan for the 2013-14 season. In fact, the 33-year-old midfielder went out on loan a whopping six times during his career, before moving on to play for Stoke, West Ham, Fenerbahce, Inter Milan and Spartak Moscow. 

Moses would also score on his Liverpool debut against Swansea back in 2013, but would struggle for game time under Brendan Rodgers, as the Reds chased down their first league title since 1990.

Victor Moses also scored on his debut for Liverpool, helping the Reds rescue a 2-2 win against Swansea during the 2013-14 season

Victor Moses also scored on his debut for Liverpool, helping the Reds rescue a 2-2 win against Swansea during the 2013-14 season

8. Raheem Sterling 

Chelsea: 69 games, 17 goals. Liverpool: 129 games, 23 goals.  

Sterling rose to stardom while playing at Liverpool, establishing himself as an exciting left-winger with a sensational finishing ability. He joined the Merseyside outfit back in 2010, and became the second-youngest debutant in the club’s history. He’d prove pivotal for the Reds during the 2013-14 season, scoring six goals towards the back end of the season to help Rodgers’ side mount their charge for the title.

The 29-year-old would go on to win four Premier League titles with Man City, but would interestingly never win silverware with Liverpool, and so far has also failed to do so with Chelsea – could that all change on Sunday? 

Raheem Sterling played for Liverpool between 2010 and 2015, before going on to join Man City and Chelsea

Raheem Sterling played for Liverpool between 2010 and 2015, before going on to join Man City and Chelsea

9. Nicolas Anelka 

Chelsea: 184 games, 59 goals. Liverpool: 22 games, five goals.  

During his esteemed career, Anelka won a European Championship, Champions League, two Premier Leagues and a Serie A title. He would enjoy more success with Chelsea, winning the league title with the Blues back in 2010 under Carlo Ancelotti, as well as two FA Cups. 

The Frenchman had several stints in England, initially joining Arsenal in 1997, before arriving on loan at Liverpool from Paris-Saint Germain in 2002. He’d help Gerard Houllier’s side finish second in the league that season before departing. 

He recently opened up on his exit during his Netflix documentary Anelka: Misunderstood, stating: ‘Liverpool fans think I didn’t want to stay. They need to know that that wasn’t the case. That episode was tragic for me. It’s a club where I could have done great things.’

Anelka would subsequently go on to play for several clubs including Man City and Bolton before joining chelsea in 2008. 

During his esteemed career, Nicolas Anelka won a European Championship, Champions League, two Premier Leagues and the Serie A

During his esteemed career, Nicolas Anelka won a European Championship, Champions League, two Premier Leagues and the Serie A

10. Fernando Torres 

Chelsea: 172 games, 45 goals. Liverpool: 142 games, 81 goals.  

Liverpool have been blessed by some outstanding strikers in the past, but Torres will go down as one of the best. His winding runs and eye for goal made the Spaniard a nightmare for defenders around the Premier League. After eight years with Atletico madrid, Torres would arrive at Anfield in a record £20m deal. 

He’d ultimately go on to score an impressive 81 goals in 142 games for the Reds before jumping ship to league rivals Chelsea for £50m in 2011. But he largely underwhelmed with the Blues, despite guiding them to the 2012 Champions League final with a last-gasp goal against Barcelona. 

Fernando Torres scored during Chelsea's Champions League semi-final match against Barcelona in 2012, sending the Blues through to the final

Fernando Torres scored during Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final match against Barcelona in 2012, sending the Blues through to the final

11. Dominic Solanke

Chelsea: 1 game, 0 goals. Liverpool: 27 games, 1 goal.   

The 26-year-old has been in flying form for Bournemouth this season, returning 16 goals in 28 games for Andoni Iraola’s side. His fine goalscoring form means Solanke has put his name in the hat for a call up for this summer’s European Championship. 

Solanke had started his career in Chelsea’s youth academy, and despite going on to feature in their U21 side, scoring 15 goals in 25 games, he struggled to break into the senior squad, managing just one first team appearance. He left for Liverpool in 2017 following a loan spell with Vitesse, but again struggled to break into the first team, scoring once in 27 matches. 

Dominic Solanke has impressed for Bournemouth so far this season. He started his profesional football career with Chelsea before moving to Liverpool

Dominic Solanke has impressed for Bournemouth so far this season. He started his profesional football career with Chelsea before moving to Liverpool 

12. Raul Meireles

Chelsea: 48 games, six goals. Liverpool: 44 games, five goals. 

Renowned for his sensational mowhawk, Meireles had a great eye for goal and scored some excellent strikes for both Liverpool and Chelsea – perhaps the most well-known being his stunning long-range volley against Wolves back in 2011. He’d spend only one season at Anfield, joining for the 2010-11 season, before moving to Chelsea where he would win the Champions League with the Blues before departing in 2012 for Fenerbahce.

13. Yossi Benayoun 

Chelsea: 24 games, one goal. Liverpool: 134 games, 29 goals.  

During his 20-year playing career, Benayoun played for a variety of teams, including West Ham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. The winger was signed by Rafa Benitez in 2007 going on to score 11 goals in his first season with the club. 

He’d go on to join Chelsea in 2010, but would fail to assert himself in the Blues’ first team before moving to Arsenal on loan after a year.  

Yossi Benayoun was signed by Rafa Benitez in 2007 and went on to score 11 goals in his first season with the club

Yossi Benayoun was signed by Rafa Benitez in 2007 and went on to score 11 goals in his first season with the club



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