Yet here we were at Wembley with Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks doing his best in a first start since February in a massive game against visitors Liverpool, yet to lose this season and about to extend that run on Saturday afternoon, on the left side of a midfield, as ineffectual as you would imagine.
Spurs were better v Liverpool in the first half, but Wijnaldum scored for Liverpool v Tottenham after a Vorm mistake.
However, at 2-0 ahead and cruising, Spurs' Erik Lamela somewhat dampened Liverpool's satisfaction with his 93rd minute goal.
Although Jurgen Klopp will be curious as to why his side couldn't convert more of the many chances they created, the closing five minutes of today's game very almost undone what was a landmark win for Klopp's side.
Liverpool avenged last season's 4-1 defeat to Spurs at Wembley to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League. So now we have to prove that and do it again and again and again, and see if we can do so. We had 85 brilliant minutes, although unfortunately we didn't finish the game off. Fantastic we won all of them, fantastic we improved during the season.
Liverpool welcomed back Naby Keita for the Spurs game, after the midfield star sat out the win at Leicester before the global break.
"I am long enough now in this business to know no one plays a flawless season - not even [Manchester] City previous year played a ideal season", he said.
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"I don't know what he means with that, to be honest".
"It was a free kick for Tottenham, right?"
Speaking to reporters, Klopp said on his new £43million man: "I don't like to compare players but we had similar question about Robbo and Oxlade and I'm not sure if Sadio (Mane) played from the beginning, but I think he had a full pre-season". "But it is something with his eye and, at the moment, it is not comfortable for him".
The Brazil forward was eventually forced off, holding a pad to his eye, and was sent to hospital for further checks which confirmed an abrasion but no threat of lasting damage.
Meanwhile, the German boss will be praying Salah and Mane are firing on all cylinders when they begin their Champions League venture versus Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday.
'Firmino travelled back to Merseyside separately from his teammates with club doctor Andy Massey following the positive assessment.