“There are places I'll remember, all my life.”
To a generation of Liverpool fans, The Beatles ‘In My Life’, along with Sean Connery’s cover, is synonymous with the Reds’ famous Champions League final win in Istanbul in 2005.
Sky Sports’ choice of accompanying track to their post-match montage is enough to give supporters goose bumps, even now 16 years on, thinking back to one of their finest hours as Rafa Benitez gave Liverpool a night they will never forget.
The Spaniard was at it again on Wednesday, though this time in the opposing dugout as his Everton side were no match for Jurgen Klopp ’s Reds at Goodison Park.
Goals from Jordan Henderson, Diogo Jota and a Mohamed Salah brace saw Liverpool run out emphatic 4-1 winners to clinch their biggest victory at the home of their local-rivals since a Ian Rush-inspired 5-0 thrashing back in 1982.
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“Rush scored one, Rush scored two, Rush scored three, and Rush scored four!”
Kopites still sing about that famous victory to this day, but perhaps Klopp’s own side are now recording their own historic victories.
They have provided two such wins already this season, destroying Manchester United 5-0 at Old Trafford in October before turning over Everton in such comfortable fashion last night.
Both stadiums have not been happy hunting grounds for the Reds in the past but all these places have their moments.
Yet, if Liverpool are to win the Premier League title this season, they can’t let either victory over their fiercest of rivals be their most memorable result of the year.
If they want to win the title, they’ll have to emerge victorious at the Etihad and Stamford Bridge.
The live standings of the Premier League table on Wednesday night as we entered December, with the festive period on the horizon, represented just how tight the title race is.
Klopp’s side started the night in third place, a point behind Man City and two points behind Chelsea.
Over the night they would climb to both first and second before finishing back where they started.
When Henderson opened the scoring for Liverpool inside the opening 10 minutes, top spot was theirs.
Yet as Mason Mount, Ruben Dias and Hakim Ziyech fired Chelsea and Man City ahead over the course of the night, it became crystal clear the Reds cannot rely on any favours from their title-rivals.
Shock results might happen over the course of the campaign but, and it is stating the obvious, with standings so finely poised at the top of the table, this season’s champion will be the one that lands the most blows to their closest challengers.
The Reds might have recorded famous wins at Old Trafford and Goodison Park, but in terms of the decisive mini-league at the top of the table, they are already playing catch-up.
Had Liverpool taken advantage of facing 10 men for 45 minutes against Chelsea at Anfield back in August, they would be top.
Had they not twice conceded the lead against Man City at Anfield back in October, they would be top.
Instead, they are third and even though it is by the slimmest of margins, they know how costly such fine lines can be after missing out on the title in 2018/19 by just a point despite accumulating 97 points and losing just once.
Reigning champions Man City can perhaps feel the most confident as we close in on 2022, having won at Stamford Bridge in September prior to their draw at Anfield.
With both their title-rivals coming to the Etihad in the New Year, they can wrestle control of the title race. History tells us once Pep Guardiola’s side build a lead at the top of the table, they rarely surrender it.
Liverpool open the New Year away at Chelsea on January 2, and are yet to find out if Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita will be available for such a huge fixture ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Chelsea face the same anxious wait regarding the availability of Edouard Mendy and Ziyech, but know they will be without the duo when they travel to Man City two weeks later on January 15, while Riyad Mahrez will be absent for Guardiola’s men.
A decisive month for the title race, and one without a number of key men.
Come the middle of January the Premier League will either have a clear front-runner or be left with all three sides still racing to the finish line, with only one final blow left in the involved sides’ own hands, as the Reds travel to the Etihad themselves on April 9.
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Liverpool will remember thrashing Manchester United and Everton for years to come, but, like their 4-1 victory at Old Trafford in 2009, these memories lose their meaning if they fall short in this season’s title race.
Kopites will never lose affection for these two famous away days that went before. But when they stop and think about them at the end of the season, they can’t be left as the biggest highlights.
In a title race set to be as hardly fought as this, with trips to Stamford Bridge and the Etihad to come, the Reds have to do more. Klopp’s men still need to produce against their fiercest rivals.
If they can do just that and finish the season as champions, they will be the games that Liverpool fans remember all their life and love that little bit more.