Ever since Jurgen Klopp arrived as Liverpool manager in October last year there has been a sense - an unspoken feeling - that he and the club's adoring fans were trying to make something special happen.
That they were trying to recreate the buoyant atmosphere and sense of occasion once synonymous with Anfield and that so often made the difference between winning and losing.
Klopp has previously spoken of the vital role that Liverpool's supporters play yet there has always been a shade of disappointment.
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Anfield has long been renowned for its deafening wall of noise when fans are on song, but only glimpses of that passion have been shown in recent seasons.
Many wondered, therefore, what might happen if Klopp's full throttle, heavy metal style of football was matched by the crowd's support.
Well, during the club's Europa League last 16 victory over Manchester United last Thursday, we finally found out.
The 40,000-something Liverpool supporters present at Anfield were united as one with their players and manager with just one objective at hand - to blow away their rivals.
And the result was devastating. The Reds pressed and swarmed their opponents time and time again, repeatedly carving opportunities before eventually inflicting two knockout punches, fed and fuelled by the hunger voiced by the club's fans.
Liverpool's victory and performance both on the pitch and in the stands was reminiscent of the club's glory days, suggesting the beast has finally awoken and seems in the mood, under the guidance of the eccentric Klopp, to resume laying waste to those who stand in its path.
At long last, the Liverpool of old is on its way back.
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