The belief Liverpool struggle against the Premier League’s so-called lesser teams is one held by many outside of the club.
It, too, is one that has once again led Jurgen Klopp to leap to the defence of his team and question such an outlook given Liverpool’s current position in the table.
The Reds have caught the eye with an incredible record against the top six sides in England’s top flight yet a troublesome start to 2017 has also fuelled suggestions that Klopp’s men come up short when facing those in the bottom half.
Recent victories away to Stoke, West Brom and Watford can be seen to have marked significant progress in that respect with all three fixtures having had the makings to be stumbling blocks in the club’s pursuit of a top four spot.
“Is there ever a moment when you are good enough in these games? We have won three of them and lost one of them and still we have the image that we lose all of them,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.
“I think it needs a little time before we convince people about this. For us it is really not an issue, it is only a different job to do.”
“We can talk about ‘yeah you won it but you could have played better’ and all that stuff but come on, we are always there in between, that is how development works.”
“So it’s very important for us that we won against these top teams, it’s very important for us that we won against also these other team, but you cannot have 69 points at this time of the season.”
The past few weeks have unveiled an alternative Liverpool approach. An admittedly less spectacular and explosive one but a perhaps more balanced and effective one that gets results.
Three games remain. Three games to consolidate a top four spot. Three games interestingly against teams from lower down in the division.