Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea side came under fire the last time they visited Anfield, with a defensive ‘negative’ display attracting criticism last term.
However, the current Premier League leaders’ evolution and progression was clear on Saturday in the Blues’ 2-1 victory over Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool.
The west London club continued their unbeaten start to the season but it was the performance that the visitors put in that caught the eye.
Unlike last season where Chelsea were accused of parking the bus and playing negatively, Mourinho this time decided to field his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.
This encompassed two central midfielders, Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas, who were outnumbered by Liverpool’s Emre Can, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson.
It would have been easy for Mourinho to leave the more attacking-minded Oscar on the bench and opt for John Obi Mikel instead to even things up, but the Portuguese trainer went for the more offensive option.
Over the space of the game Chelsea were the better side and in the end deserved winners.
At this rate, with the Blues full of confidence and looking like they have no visible weaknesses, just where they are going to drop the required points to let other teams into the title race remains to be seen.