It came as no surprise when it was revealed Stewart Downing would be allowed to leave Liverpool in the January transfer window, just 16 months after the winger had signed for the Anfield club.
In a summer of high spending under former boss Kenny Dalglish, the Reds paid out £20 million to Aston Villa for Downing after the England international put in an impressive display during the 2010/11 campaign, winning the Midlands club player of the year award.
Indeed, Downing seemed to be a good fit for the Merseyside club, with the side for a long time lacking an out-and-out winger with the ability to take on a man and play consistently dangerous balls into the box.
Not only did the former Middlesbrough man offer Liverpool some much needed creativity out wide, he had also shown during his time at Aston Villa that he could operate all across the middle of the park, featuring regularly on the left, in the middle and occasionally out on the right wing.
A first-half headed goal from John Terry was cancelled out by a similar effort from striker Luis Suarez to ensure Sunday's EPL encounter between Chelsea and Liverpool ended all square.
John Terry opened the scoring with twenty minutes played, breaking free of marker Daniel Agger and getting into the path of a floated corner into the box by Juan Mata to head home and give Chelsea the lead.
It took a similar goal from Luis Suarez, who headed home after a corner from substitute Suso was knocked back by Jamie Carragher towards the Liverpool front man, to bring the scores level and ensure both teams left the game with a point.
Whilst Liverpool enjoyed plenty of possession in the first-half of the fixture the attacking problems that have plagued them throughout the season continued as the Reds looked lacking in the final third.
Chelsea, whilst not controlling the game as much as they would have liked to in the first period, looked much more clinical, with the creativity of Oscar, Mata and Hazard threatening throughout the opening exchanges.