Liverpool may be done with Norwich City this season - and, given the plight of the rock-bottom Canaries, possibly for some time to come - but that doesn't mean they should be ignored.

"It was a great performance against Liverpool with an unlucky outcome," said the German.

"We wanted to be the first team to beat them."

In one sentence, Farke encapsulated an extra issue with which the Reds must grapple over the closing weeks of the domestic season.

As front-runners they are, by definition, the team to beat.

But the extra kudos of preventing Liverpool following the Arsenal team of 2003/04 in becoming invincibles - and ending their unbeaten league run in the process - is providing an obvious incentive for opponents.

Klopp, for his part, isn't overly fussed about avoiding defeat in the closing weeks. Getting over the line and claiming that first championship in 30 years is all that matters.

It won't, though, be made any easier by the increasing focus on their 43-game unbeaten run, the second-longest in English history behind the Arsenal team of 16 years ago that eventually stumbled at the 50th hurdle.

Games that would otherwise have little meaning towards the end of the campaign could take on a different dimension.

That said, there are unlikely to be many fixtures where the opposition have little to play for.

West Ham United, visitors on Monday, are striving to avoid relegation. So too Watford and Bournemouth, who come after that.

Sadio Mane celebrates scoring during the match between Norwich City and Liverpool
Sadio Mane celebrates scoring during the match between Norwich City and Liverpool

And then there are traditional rivals such as Everton and Manchester City.

Liverpool, of course, know what it's like to be spoilers having been the first team to down City in 2017/18 when Pep Guardiola's side were romping towards the title.

Going much further back, the Reds halted Nottingham Forest's 42-game run in 1978, a sequence Klopp's side surpassed last weekend.

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