A tactical blunder from Brendan Rodgers, a man lauded for his cunning and guile in the field of pre-match strategising, against Chelsea ultimately cost Liverpool the Premier League title last season.
The Blues’ 2-0 win at Anfield handed the 2013/14 crown to Manchester City and it was brought about by the Northern Irishman’s sheer naivety in setting his side up.
A textbook bus parking operation masterminded by Jose Mourinho successfully stymied Liverpool’s previously irresistible attacking football that was yielding untold amounts of goals per outing.
Now, the Special One’s side arrive on Merseyside in the ascendency, topping the Premier League by four points and are unbeaten thus far.
As a result, they’ve assumed 5/4 favouritism for this fixture, while Liverpool can be backed at 21/10 and it’s 9/4 for the draw.
With the loafer firmly on the other hoof, Rodgers has the opportunity to whack a dent in the Chelsea title charge, but to do so he must align the team bus with the goalposts as his Portuguese counterpart did.
Following the departure of Luis Suarez and injury to Daniel Sturridge, the ferocity of their frontline has been downgraded somewhat, with the net rustling just 13 times in ten Premier League games so far via a Red boot.
Chelsea, by contrast, have plundered double the amount.
The Merseysiders have failed to score in four of their previous five games and, considering few are as defensively adept as Chelsea, it’s easy to envisage them drawing another blank here.
Bearing that in mind, the focus should be preventing the west Londoners scoring.
This will mean deploying two holding-midfielders to screen a penetrable back four.
Emre Can and Lucas Leiva performed the role admirably against Real Madrid and, as anchormen by trade, they should be pitched in again, even if it is at the expense of skipper Steven Gerrard.
Putting the reins on the full-backs will be key too, as Alberto Moreno and Glen Johnson’s penchant for marauding will leave chasms of space in behind for the opposition to exploit.
Keeping a clean sheet must be their priority, though a price of 14/5 suggests they won’t get it.