If Jurgen Klopp is feeling the heat at Liverpool, he did well to hide it on Wednesday.
Of course, being the manager to end a 30-year wait for a league title at Anfield will afford you that spacious room to breathe.
And there is not even the slightest smidgen of a hint that the Reds boss is under any other pressure beyond the need for Liverpool to win whatever game is next.
There is nothing new there, of course.
Klopp is inside his fifth year as the manager at Anfield. By now, he knows the drill.
But if anyone was expecting any real change in his attitude or demeanour during his most difficult spell in years, they have been left mistaken.
Klopp was in good spirits as he addressed the questions on Wednesday, detailing the need and desire to arrest this alarming slump in a sensible manner.
Indeed, the only talk of managerial pressure centred around Frank Lampard and his vacating of the Chelsea hotseat this week.
"It’s really harsh to make a decision that early," Klopp said.
"But obviously Mr Abramovich gives you money and players, but is not the most patient person in the world."
Despite looking at the situation from over 200 miles away, many would label Klopp's observation an astute one.
Surveying the landscape of his own situation at present, though, he was refusing to look too far into the distance.
Many have claimed that the visit from Tottenham is the beginning of a critical period for the champions.
Between now and mid-February, they play four of the current top six before the return of Champions League football at RB Leipzig.
Everton then await them after that, giving the next few weeks the potential for sleepless nights inside the Anfield fanbase.
"How can I say it is the defining situation?" was Klopp's counter claim to that. "It is a game against Tottenham, that is the game we play. Nothing else.
"People expect me to be in a bad mood or whatever, but I’m not. I take the situation for what it is, and we will go out and be ready for a fight.
"I know it’s easy in the high-flying times to believe in what you do, but I am not only a good-weather coach. I never was.
"In all circumstances, you have to find the right answers. And the right answer to this, is to work."
Klopp's response to the situation is an admirable one.
Cutting a frustrated figure in public would do little to aid the cause, even if the talks he has had with his team in recent weeks have been more frank and open than he is prepared to tell.
There is little getting away from it that these next few weeks are huge for Liverpool, though.
It will, essentially, decide if the Reds can still fight to retain their Premier League title or are left scrapping for top-four place only in the final three months of the campaign.
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Privately, Klopp will know that, even if saying it to the assembled media would be counter-productive.
Liverpool have not been merely Champions League hopefuls for some time under their manager and a redrawing of their pre-season ambitions will be a wretched task.
But make no mistake, that is what Klopp and his staff may be forced to do if some inspiration is not found quickly.
The impending return of Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson will be a huge boost on that front.
Both players will give the spine of a team a more solid look about it when the Reds make just their second-ever trip to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
It's the first game of a huge couple of weeks, but also a massive few days for Liverpool.
Thursday's game is followed up with another visit to the capital to face a West Ham side who have inexplicably crept above them.
David Moyes' high-flying Hammers saw themselves edge into fourth with a 3-2 win at Crystal Palace on Tuesday evening.
Should results go against the Reds this week, they may find themselves approaching the visit to the Olympic Stadium in seventh.
If life comes at you fast, the Premier League is even swifter for a Liverpool team who were still top of the table on the morning of January 12.
Anything other than six points will spell disaster for those title hopes given Manchester City romped to a 5-0 lead over West Brom on Tuesday night to go seven clear of the Reds.
London is calling for Liverpool this week.
How they answer will tell us all we need to know about what can still be achieved.