It wouldn’t have felt quite right had Liverpool not been responsible for bringing their manager and fans close to suffering heart-attacks during the win over Watford last night.
Hands over eyes somewhat prolonged the suspense as Reds became increasingly fearful that Sebastian Prodl’s late strike had found a way past Simon Mignolet. The crossbar that had stopped Adam Lallana from netting a goal of the season contender in the first half eventually turned saviour.
Liverpool were by no means at their best but would have had good reason to be angry and disappointed had they not secured all three points.
Jurgen Klopp himself also seemingly boarded that over-used emotional roller-coaster as Watford came inches away from ruining the party.
“I said to the boys after the game: ‘If you want to kill me, that’s a good way to try!’ It’s crazy, it’s crazy, [it gave me] 500 million grey hairs! The situation tonight, we’d already defended it and then they had three players at the second post,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“What can you say? We tried everything for 97 minutes, but if you want [we made] this one mistake and it could’ve led to a goal – that’s how football at the highest level is. We didn’t play perfect tonight, but it would’ve been really hard to accept. But we got them [the points] and I think the boys really deserved it.”
It was the kind of luck Liverpool will welcome with open arms at this stage of the season and the kind of luck that could set the team up for the strong finish that is required.
Even Klopp will admit that results are all that matter over the next few weeks as he somewhat turns his attention away from blistering performances and towards cementing a top four spot by doing whatever it takes.
Here’s to the Watford woodwork.