The expectation has had a habit of suffocating the life out of Liverpool on occasions like this. The absence of a league trophy these past 28 years has created what Jamie Carragher once described as a ‘gaping, lingering void’ and just a few wins – never mind the opening seven games for the first time in the club’s history – does something to the dreamers in this profoundly optimistic place.
Jurgen Klopp’s appreciation of that fact was as significant as the way Liverpool breezed to victory.
To read his programme notes was almost to hear him delivering a pre-match parable on the dangers of complacency. ‘I could not care for one moment how many we have won in a row. To coin an English phrase I have learned: today is our be-all and end-all.’