He got lucky in the home derby by trying to go toe-to-toe but at that stage of the season we did have the form and attacking talent to do that. That home derby led to the injuries and suspensions that, due to Brands' failures in recruitment, cost the club and ended up with is going to that dismal 4-2-3-1 shape and playing with 4 CBs.He had the effect of making the players believe that they could beat them. This coward told them they're awful and set them up to be exactly that.
But the second derby, he realised that you have to just at least match them up numerically if you're severely depleted - as Everton were - and poorer, as Everton are. Luckily yes, Liverpool were on a bad run, but Ancelotti exposed those flaws in their side and had bloody Gomes playing left wing to tuck inside and match their three up in midfield.
Benitez genuinely went with two in midfield against this Liverpool team in this kind of form.