Liverpool hit Watford for six this weekend, topping the table for the first time in 131 weeks to choruses of: “If we still had Suarez, he’d be on the bench.”
Going clear of Manchester City and Chelsea, the last time they found themselves in this position was on that fateful night at Selhurst Park, in May 2014.
After 11 weeks in the 2013/14 campaign, Liverpool were 2nd in the league on 23 points, losing two games. Luis Suarez had already found the net eight times and they were 9/1 to win the title.
Fast forward to Sunday at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp played fast, fluid, attacking football. His side have now found the net 10 times in two league games and 30 times in 11. It was the kind of performance that made rival fans sit up and say: “Oh sh*t. Could this actually be their year?”
Before a ball was kicked this season, The Reds were priced at 15/2 to do the business and lift the Premier League trophy. They drifted out to as large as 14/1 following a loss at Burnley and a draw against Tottenham.
Now, unbeaten in 12 games and in 10 months at home, they have been cut to 11/4. Meaning the traders make it three times more likely that they will win the league this season than in 2013/14.
With no European football to contend with and some tricky fixtures already successfully navigated, including trips to White Hart Lane, The Emirates and Stamford Bridge, could Liverpool’s 26-year wait for a league title finally be coming to an end?