Liverpool have prime opportunity to lay down major title marker, pouncing on Man City's humiliation

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Oh yes, that feeling is well and truly back. It only really dissipated for a couple of months, in truth.

The feeling that every single Premier League game Liverpool play is do or die, all or nothing, because the title is there to be won. Again. That sensation dominated the entirety of the 2018/19 season right up until the final day against Wolves at Anfield.

It was there all the way through last season until that glorious night in June when finally, after an agonising three month period of unforeseeable uncertainty, the promised land was finally reached.

There was a strange, somewhat discombobulating sensation around the final seven games of last season with nothing material other than points records on the line. For the first time in two years, Liverpool were playing football matches that didn't really matter, which felt like a jolting contrast to the norm.

But here we are, only approaching the third league game of the new campaign, and the ramifications already feel enormous. It was already the case when Liverpool played Leeds United and Chelsea, of course, but in light of this weekend's events, that sensation has ratcheted up to a whole new level of intensity.

On Saturday, Chelsea were comprehensively dismantled by West Bromwich Albion before salvaging a point in stoppage-time. Before the comeback, they looked dishevelled, disjointed and dysfunctional in the extreme. This is a team many were keen to talk up as dark horses for the title only a few weeks ago after their raft of glitzy summer acquisitions.

Having been well beaten by Crystal Palace at Old Trafford last weekend, Manchester United were also outplayed by Brighton & Hove Albion, who could quite easily have scored five or six had they not set a new all-time record for hitting the woodwork. United somehow came away with the three points in the 100th minute (with only five minutes added on) courtesy of a penalty upon VAR review after the full-time whistle had been blown, but still, the gaping cracks were there on show for all to see.

Then yesterday, Manchester City found themselves humiliated 5-2 by a Brendan Rodgers-inspired Leicester City masterclass, as their ongoing defensive deficiencies were exploited in ruthless fashion (despite Rodri's insistence that Leicester "did nothing", and that…
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