There is no getting away from it, Liverpool’s first meeting of the season with Manchester City did not even come close to the blockbuster clashes of last season.
Perhaps that is something of a disappointment for Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool fans; they swept City aside three times last season, and this term, they need a statement win to announce themselves as title challengers.
And were it not for Riyad Mahrez’s botched penalty after an unforgivable loss of composure from Virgil van Dijk, the Reds would have suffered their first league defeat of the season.
Yet, it also showed that Klopp can adjust, for the better.
Liverpool are outstanding at what they do but they cannot rely on their high-tempo approach every single time.
For too long, it has been 0 or 100 miles per hour; there’s been no in between with a defence that cannot be relied upon to keep a clean sheet when the attack is faltering.
On Sunday, against the best team in the land, Liverpool showed that they have that now.
A Plan B, another way of playing that is more secure and doesn’t rely on the attack to rip opponents apart. That’s been long overdue and a huge positive for Reds fans to take from yesterday’s stalemate.