Was the Italian going to mirror Mauricio Pochettino's tactic of playing an inverted full-back at left wing-back, or was it going to be business as usual for the Blues boss?
Follow the Football match between Liverpool and Chelsea live with Eurosport. But for a few exceptional moments from Eden Hazard, the home side generally pegged Chelsea back, at least until they took the lead.
The atmosphere at Anfield was boisterous as ever, and the Liverpool players obviously used it to their advantage early on as they sought to force mistakes with their high press.
Morata is now Chelsea's top scorer so far this season, Danilo has since moved to Manchester City while Mariano has scored nine goals in 13 games since switching to Lyon. The Egyptian has been in fine form since joining the Reds from AS Roma during the summer and has already bagged 14 goals in all competitions.
Liverpool were the only side Antonio Conte failed to beat last season and was hoping to break this streak. Salah was their best player in the first half hour as he tried to force the issue time and again.
Depending on what side of the divide you're sat, both positives and negatives can be spun from the aforementioned stat.
The €45 million bargain has undoubtedly added teeth to the Reds' attack line, and Klopp is confident about finishing in the top four of Premier League.
His glittering start to the season is far removed from his time at Chelsea.
Chelsea's bench proved to be more decisive. To put this into perspective, Alvaro Morata had the closest number of shots to Salah with three.
One position Zidane needs to fill in the next transfer window is in goal because Keylor Navas has been sorely missed.
But that incident was a microcosm for the 20-year-old's performance because after failing to get tight to Rolan for the opener, he seemed to retreat into his shell. Sometimes it's difficult but always I try.
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