Early in Chelsea's trip to Anfield in order to attempt to return to West London with a positive result… seemingly against the odds due to Liverpool's recent form, Jose Mourinho and Reds skipper Steven Gerrard were photographed in the midst of a kerfuffle.
Gerrard, who has inspired his team to a historic Champions League title in 2005 and a come-from-behind FA Cup triumph a year later, was once again on the cusp of invoking the Istanbul spirit as the Englishman attempts to guide Brendan Rodgers' side to the highest of domestic honours.
Mourinho, of course, had other ideas.
Fielding a "weakened" team, the Chelsea starting XI were still a more expensively-assembled bunch than those who started for Liverpool, yet Mourinho adopted a safety-first approach, he allowed Liverpool to have more of the ball and simply waited for them to make a mistake.
That mistake came from Steven Gerrard, whose slip allowed Demba Ba a route in on goal before Willian sealed the points and the victory in the 90th minute, grabbing the visitor's second goal.
Chelsea, though, were not adventurous and were criticised for time-wasting in the first half.
In the image above, even Mourinho seems loathe to give the ball back to Gerrard and it is a photo that has since been shopped… but just how accurate is the image below, now that the Blues have trimmed Liverpool's cushion at the top of the division to two points?