Liverpool will not say it – there have been too many near misses and false dawns in the 30 years since their last title win to place temptation in fate’s path.
The lockdown started moments after Jurgen Klopp’s side produced arguably their finest performance of the season to overwhelm their nearest challengers Leicester City to go 13 points clear with a game in hand. Liverpool’s players, perfectly understandably, were right on title message: Nothing taken for granted. Long way to go. Race not over.
If they will not say it, then others will. And it can be said with some certainty after the manner in which the Reds produced a 4-0 win that even then did not do justice to their superiority.
This was the night when it became clear that the Premier League title race is now surely over.