How Chelsea's win at Anfield was similar to that of Arsenal's invincibles

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There were similarities in the way Chelsea won at Anfield compared to Arsenal in 2003/04 as talk of the Blues emulating 'the invincibles' gathers pace.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho denies suggestions that his side that can go the entire season unbeaten in the Premier League, and after nine minutes of Liverpool's clash with his side, some would say he was about to be proved right.

But the last side to go unbeaten through a Premier League season also went behind at Anfield. Gerard Houllier's Liverpool started like a train against Arsenal in October 2003, and Harry Kewell opened the scoring for the Reds as they were all over Arsene Wenger's men, only for the Reds to be pegged back by a scrappy equaliser which ultimately went down as a Sami Hyypia own goal.

Fast forward 11 years, and Liverpool's positive start was rewarded when Emre Can found himself in acres of space and his strike found the back of the net via a deflection. It was then cancelled out by a Gary Cahill strike which the Reds will feel was entirely avoidable. Sound familiar? 

Then comes the second half winner. 11 years ago it was a stunning strike from Robert Pires that gave Arsenal all three points this time Diego Costa lashed home a finish for Chelsea - that was the main difference.

But what followed was a Liverpool side desperately searching for an equaliser, meeting a defence that couldn't be broken down, and the game finishing 2-1.

The similarities were there, just this incredible knack of getting what they wanted from the game, always threatening going forward, strong at the back with a terrific goalkeeper to call upon if needed, and a side incredibly frustrated not to get anything from the game.

Even at this early stage of the season, people seem to have the mindset that Chelsea will be crowned as Premier League champions come May, but at the moment is really hard to see them losing a game. There is a certain fear factor they carry, and this determination and fear not to lose games. 

Jose Mourinho's sides are very hard to beat, even last season without a proven goalscorer, all the top sides struggled against Chelsea, and the sides the Blues struggled against last term seem to swept aside. Going the entire season unbeaten like Arsenal did in 2003/04 is going to be a tough ask for Chelsea, but it won't be impossible.

As for Liverpool, they're struggling to find form, like in 2003/04, and despite a poor points total they managed to make it into the Champions League places. They'd happily take that again at this stage of the season.

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