Revealed: How Mourinho masterminded famous Anfield victory that denied Liverpool the title

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Liverpool were top of the table and on course to claim their first-ever Premier League title but former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was going to ensure that won’t happen.

Chelsea were to travel to Anfield to face an in-form Liverpool team.

Demba Ba opened the scoring for Chelsea after Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard slipped and lost the ball. Willian then scored at stoppage time to make it 2-0 for the Blues.

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has revealed the dressing room instruction Jose Mourino gave the players that helped produce the famous win over Liverpool.

“It’s been quite well reported about what happened on that particular day and how Jose Mourinho approached it,” Schwarzer told BBC Radio 5Live.

“Let’s not forget the timing of it. We played Atletico Madrid away from in the Champions League the week leading up that. I’m personally never thinking I’m going to play in these games but Petr (Cech) gets injured about 14 minutes in, away in Madrid.

“I come on and play this Champions League game. Then we’ve this huge game between Liverpool and Chelsea, where there is this huge rivalry. Jose just does not want Liverpool to win the title, nor does anyone in that changing room.

“He wasn’t well that week leading up to the game, we also had the return leg of Atletico Madrid and we rested a few players, there was a couple of little niggles with injuries. He decided to leave John Terry and a few other players out.

“All of sudden we’re playing Ivanovic at centre-back, Kalas made his Premier League debut at Anfield in a game where Liverpool need to win to maintain their lead at the top.

“It was all about frustrating the opposition. Jose was in the meeting for about seven or eight minutes because he was ill.

“He was very matter of fact, ‘you’ve got to frustrate them, you’ve got to get the whole crowd worked up, you’ve got to get every single player on that pitch worked up and emotionally and you’ll see this is going to work and we’re going to play it like this the whole way’.

“‘They’ll open up, there will be opportunities and we will get chances. He said to myself, listen, when the ball goes out, whatever it is, goal-kick, free-kick, walk. Don’t run. From the very first minute.

“Don’t run for the ball, walk. When you get the ball, put it down and Ivanovic, you go as far out to the touchline, then, ‘stop, stop, I’ll take it, we have a bit of an argument, then I say, you take it’ and that’s how we start the game.

“The crowd, the players, they are going mad. You can imagine how the scene is set, it was incredible.

“The whole atmosphere leading up to the game, I’d never seen Anfield like it. They’re on the verge and we’re trying to ruin their party and we went a long way to doing that.”

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