Chelsea took on Liverpool at Anfield today and were given a real examination of their title credentials by The Reds.
But they came out on top with a 2-1 win after Diego Costa scored a winner in the second half. Liverpool had earlier taken the lead in the game after Emre Can slammed a shot at goal, which took a wicked deflection off of Gary Cahill to deceive Thibaut Courtois in the Chelsea goal.
Gary Cahill had then equalised, with the help of goalmouth technology, but it was Costa who stole the headlines.
But the performance to focus on was perhaps that of Ramires. This morning reports were circulating that Jose Mourinho considered the Brazilian surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge and that he was willing to let him leave the club, with Real Madrid said to be keen.
However Mourinho seemed to put those ideas to bed by throwing him into the action, despite him not starting a game for the club since September.
He was used out on the right of midfield, perhaps to keep track of the swashbuckling full-back Alberto Moreno.
It was certainly an interesting performance for the Brazilian international - full of incident but overall underwhelming.
He showed his excellent ability to get around the pitch throughout the game. The one point where he nicked the ball away from Moreno was particularly impressive.
But he also had moments to forget. His potential elbow on Raheem Sterling could have been seen as a red card moment, certainly the Liverpool fans think so.
But he did not last long. He came off injured in the second half for Willian and his compatriot certainly showed him up with some excellent passing.
It was an OK return to starting action for Ramires, not bad, not good - just average. Certainly not enough to worry man-of-the-match Nemanja Matic or Cesc Fabregas of losing their first-team spots at the club.
Some overrated Brazilian and Ramires. pic.twitter.com/6qQTZPw9l0— Rashad (@Mourinholic) November 8, 2014
Good first half. Ramires must look sharp tho. Come on Chelsea!!!— AkuaHazardousQB (@AkuaQBChelsea) November 8, 2014
Substitution: Willian for Ramires. Good game Ramires!— Malaysia Blues Army (@MBArebellion) November 8, 2014
Ramires starting is good. he injects pace into our game. Schurrle dropped completely, not surprised been off recently. #CFC— Rocky (@rockman182) November 8, 2014
Thought ramires had a good game,shame to see him go off early in 2nd half but could see jose appreciated his work rate #CFC— Tim hall (@tim_hall28) November 8, 2014
Personally, I thought Oscar, Fabregas and Ramires poor. They disappeared— RAP BOY (@JACKXXVI) November 8, 2014
Defensing poor. Moves breaking down too early. Ramires upsetting the balance imo— TheSpecialOne (@JoseMourinhoIND) November 8, 2014
Mourinho seems happy with Ramires's performance— TheBridgeTalk (@TheBridgeTalk) November 8, 2014
Ramires off- below par performance— Dinesh Chugtai (@Man_Tunez) November 8, 2014
Great performance from Ramires in my opinion.— Bello. (@sir_maYhor) November 8, 2014