Liverpool and Chelsea have shared the same taste in football players for over a decade.

Indeed, the Reds and their uber rich West London rivals have done battle both on and off the pitch on a frequent basis.

It's no surprise that the clubs share so many former professionals with Fernando Torres, Nicolas Anelka, Joe Cole and Yossi Benayoun only a handful of examples.

But until recently the Londoners always managed to steal Liverpool's transfer targets, usually out-bidding the Reds at the last minute.

However, after many years of losing out to their rivals, Liverpool now seem to be in the driving seat to pick and choose the players they want. 

Here's a look at some of the men the two clubs have fought over in the past:

Damien Duff

The Irish winger attracted interest from several clubs after impressive performances for Blackburn, finishing as their top scorer in the 2002/2003 season.

Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier wanted to sign Duff two years earlier to strengthen his side's chances of winning the Premier League. 

The Reds approached Blackburn but could not match the fee they wanted for the winger. Instead it was Chelsea who landed Duff when Rovers finally agreed to sell for £17million.

Damien Duff celebrates his goal with team-mates during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers played at Anfield, in Liverpool, England on May 8, 2002
Damien Duff celebrates his goal with team-mates during the FA Barclaycard Premiership match between Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers played at Anfield, in Liverpool, England on May 8, 2002

In an interview with FourFourTwo, Duff said: "I came close [to joining Liverpool] two or three times. The first was a year or two before I signed for Chelsea.

"I would have gone there but Blackburn wanted a big fee so not many clubs could afford to buy me back then."

Duff went on to win two league titles with Chelsea, leaving Liverpool wondering what might have been.

Willian

The Brazilian attacking midfielder was the subject of a summer transfer saga in 2013 when he had Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea scrambling for his signature.

It was Brendan Rodgers's Liverpool who looked to be in pole position to sign the attacker but it then emerged he was having a medical at Spurs. However, there was a final twist in the transfer tale as the Brazilian opted to sign for Chelsea at the last minute.

Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian

Shortly after, Willian told Four Four Two: "When I came to London, there were other clubs interested in my football: Liverpool, Tottenham as well as Chelsea.

"I was just waiting for the negotiations to be completed. My agent was talking to the clubs. I was just waiting for the decision.

 

"In the end, I ended up going to Chelsea. When I understood they were really keen to sign me, I said my decision was made. I wanted to go to Chelsea."

Liverpool went on to finish second in the following season, missing out on the Premier League title to Manchester City.

Loic Remy

In the summer of 2014 Loic Remy looked to be leaving Queens Park Rangers for Liverpool.

The move was complicated when Remy completed a medical but concerns arose over the condition of his heart.

When the striker signed for Marseille in 2010, specialists discovered a cardiovascular anomaly but still went through with the transfer.

However, Liverpool decided not to take the risk despite Remy having joined the Reds on their pre-season tour of the United States.

Loic Remy celebrates scoring for QPR
Loic Remy celebrates scoring for QPR

The forward joined Chelsea before the end of the transfer deadline and told the Daily Star his frustrations over Liverpool's rejection.

"They asked for a specialist for the heart and apparently the guy said they did not 100 per cent agree if I could keep going or had to stop football.

"I didn't understand because they knew before I came.

 

"There are a lot of players with the same case as me. I don't know why the people think it is a big thing that can stop me playing football."

"Even if they don't want to sign me, okay, but they don't have to put that in the newspapers because, then, all the other clubs after are afraid."

Diego Costa

The Brazilian-born Spanish international helped Chelsea win the Premier League after signing for the London club in 2014, but he almost joined Liverpool a year earlier.

Brendan Rodgers triggered the release clause in Costa's contract at Atletico Madrid which was £21 million. However, Costa opted to stay with the La Liga side, scoring 27 goals as they went on to win the title.

Chelsea's David Luiz (L) and Gary Cahill (R) in action against Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa Credit: Action Images / Carl Recine
Chelsea's David Luiz (L) and Gary Cahill (R) in action against Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa Credit: Action Images / Carl Recine

Speaking as a Chelsea player in 2015, Costa told the Daily Mirror: "I was close to leaving Atletico.

"Liverpool are a great team, but after fighting so hard and overcoming difficulties to get my place at Atletico, how could I leave?

"I thought it was very important to keep growing with Atletico and to play there for many years."

Costa only managed two goals in all performances against Liverpool in the Premier League but was involved in a heated exchange with Steven Gerrard, Martin Skrtel and Emre Can in a League Cup fixture in 2015.

Mohammed Salah

Chelsea signed Mo Salah for £12million in 2014 as a replacement for Juan Mata after outbidding Liverpool.

The Reds had hoped to add Salah to their squad after extensively scouting the winger but were beaten to their man by Chelsea, as they had been with Willian five months earlier. 

Mohamed Salah of Chelsea runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League group G match between Chelsea and Sporting Clube de Portugal at Stamford Bridge on December 10, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Salah left Chelsea in 2016 after limited opportunities in the first team and joined Italian side Roma.

The Egyptian scored 15 goals in 31 games in the 2015/2016 season before Liverpool finally brought him to Anfield. The rest is history.

Emerson Palmieri

Liverpool were searching for a left-back in the summer of 2017 and, according to the Athletic, Brazilian Emerson was on their radar.

Jurgen Klopp instead opted to sign Andrew Robertson from Hull for a fee of £8 million. The Scottish international is already a Kop legend and looks to have been a bargain buy for the Reds.

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After Liverpool plumped for Robertson, Emerson ended up signing for Chelsea in the summer of 2018 for £18 million.

The Brazilian has only recently cemented a regular first-team place.

Christian Pulisic

Before moving to Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp had included a promising 16-year-old winger into Borussia Dormund's first team training sessions - Christian Pulisic.

It was Thomas Tuchel rather than Klopp who went on to hand the American international his professional debut but Klopp remained a distant admirer of the winger.

Christian Pulisic in action in the first half during the 2018 International Champions Cup match at Heinz Field on July 25, 2018

After impressing in the Bundesliga, most people assumed it would only be a matter of time before Klopp signed Pulisic for Liverpool.

The Reds were interested in the winger and even made a bid early in Klopp's reign, but after the performances of Salah and Sadio Mane they found they no longer needed him.

Klopp and Liverpool kept themselves out of the race to sign the American, safe in the knowledge that they didn't need to splash any more cash on an outstanding attack.

Pulisic instead signed for Chelsea in the 2019 January transfer window, remaining at Borussia Dortmund until the summer. 

How the tables were turned

After years of fighting in the transfer market, Liverpool finally seem to have the advantage over Chelsea.

The Reds were unconcerned to see Pulisic, a player Klopp had long admired, move to Stamford Bridge.

A big reason for that is the form of their forwards and in particular, Salah, a player who struggled at Chelsea and flourished at Anfield.

He's not the only player in Liverpool's squad admired by the West Londoners.

Virgil van Dijk

Chelsea were one of a number of clubs hopeful on tempting Virgil van Dijk from Southampton and they showed interest in Alisson Becker when Thibaut Courtois made clear his intention to leave them in 2018, both players ended up at Anfield.

And while Chelsea have remained successful on the pitch - winning trophies in three of Klopp's four seasons at Anfield - they've endured a turbulent time off of it with the hiring and firing of a number of managers and a transfer ban.

It's the sort of upheaval that has allowed Liverpool to leapfrog them in the Premier League and become a more attractive destination for transfer targets.