With just 37 games to go until the end of the Premier League season, the maths is simple: Liverpool are in control of their Premier League destiny.
After an opening weekend victory over Arsenal, all they need to do is win their remaining games and the 19th league title that the club has craved for a quarter of a century will be theirs.
Unlike previous near misses, such as 2009’s late rally when the reds were banking on Manchester United slipping up during the title run-in, or 2014’s goal difference-fuelled three-way battle with Manchester City and Chelsea, Liverpool are now firmly in the driving seat.
Not since 1990 has top flight league silverware graced the Anfield trophy room, but now, with the title in their grasp as they enter what Sir Alex Ferguson famously called “squeaky-bum time”, that could all change in just nine months.
But being in touching distance of the Premier League trophy, the pressure will surely mount ever more between now and the end of the season on the champions elect.
Manager Jurgen Klopp summed up the mood at first team training at Melwood this morning: “It’s nice to be in control of our own destiny and not have anyone have too many games in hand over us.”
Captain Jordan Henderson added, “Who would have thought that at this stage of the season we’d be masters of our own fate? To be this close: we can finally dare to dream.
“We go again. Just 37 more times.”