Finally, Liverpool gave Kopites a night off from the emotional wringer that has become accustomed to when watching the European champions in action.
For the first time since that all-important win against Manchester City, Liverpool comfortably dispatched their opponents from across Stanley Park to remain eight points clear at the Premier League summit.
Jurgen Klopp’s side made it an English football record to take 43 points from a possible 45 to comfortably sit above all title rivals. It was also the German’s 100th league win in charge of the Reds to become the second quickest manager in Premier League history to achieve the feat.
Despite missing out on the title by a solitary point last season, Liverpool are already improving from the shortcomings that saw their first league title since 1990 slip from their grasp last campaign.
It’s staggering to believe there are many flaws in a league campaign that saw Liverpool amass the third-highest points tally in English football history, but these are the small margins the Reds are fighting to potentially end 30 years of hurt.
However, Liverpool are already putting to bed the wrongdoings of last season. Klopp’s team have recorded 14 wins – from a possible 15 – and more crucially to that, they are gaining lost points from last season.
Wednesday night’s derby victory meant Liverpool set a club-record of a 32 game unbeaten run. It is the joint-best start to a Premier League season – alongside Manchester City in 2017/18 – with the Reds already 11 points clear of the champions.
Crucial wins against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, City and Leicester at home have seen Liverpool take maximum points from opponents they slipped up against last season.
Typically, slip-ups against title rivals as listed above wouldn’t be considered disastrous. However, Liverpool are operating in a time where perfection is the demand to ensure no chance of slipping up this time around.
On both occasions last season, Liverpool were frustrated by their local rivals from Goodison. It took a 96th-minute Divock Origi winner to break Evertonian hearts before the Blues recorded an all-important draw in the reverse fixture to crucially deny Klopp’s team the title.
14 games in and already Liverpool are boxing off opponents they slipped up against the last time around.
If Liverpool are to claim the Holy Grail of a first Premier League title in 30 years their pursuit of perfection needs to continue. Looking at last night’s performance, Liverpool’s title charge showed no signs of slowing down.