There is never a bad time to beat Chelsea.
But Sunday’s memorable and captivating victory over Londoners was more significant than usual in Liverpool. After getting their Champions league tickets Man City fans are excited to see the action.
This allowed Jurgen Klopp’s team to return to the top of the Premier League. That ended an almost seven-year wait for Anfield’s victory over the Stamford Bridge team. He broke a remarkable undefeated record at home in 38 games.
And that also checked another particularly important box.
By lowering 2-0 against Chelsea, Manchester City is now the only opponent Liverpool has faced this season without being beaten.
It might still be possible to rectify this if the teams met in the final of the Champions League in Madrid in June.
For this to happen, the Reds should most likely defeat Barcelona in the last four games, although Manchester United aims to change that at Camp Nou on Tuesday night.
It’s not that Jurgen Klopp and his players are looking so far, of course.
Liverpool’s immediate task is to finish the quarter-finals in Porto on Wednesday night, after placing themselves in a strong position with goals from Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino in the first leg on Tuesday at Anfield.
The omens are encouraging.
Liverpool has never failed to progress in Europe in the previous 12 occasions when he had won a first leg 2-0, while Porto had not been able to fill such a deficit four times.
And when the Reds met Porto for the last time in the quarter-finals, they then won a European trophy, the UEFA Cup, in 2001.
The team they beat in the semifinal? Barcelona.
Revenge is far from over, but the tantalizing prospect of another victory in City in six weeks provides an extra layer of intrigue to a Champions League campaign that, despite the great successes won against Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli and Bayern Munich under the radar in recent weeks.