Jurgen Klopp could not have asked for a better start to the Premier League season.
Liverpool sit joint top with Manchester City and Arsenal on 23 points, and their 4-2 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday only re-emphasised their credentials as genuine title contenders - and it's not often we've been able to say that in recent years.
It was important for the Reds to capitalise on the progress made under Klopp last season, even if that campaign saw them lose out in two cup finals.
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The Europa League final defeat to Sevilla cost them a coveted place in the Champions League, but in many ways, it also relieved them of a frantic schedule.
Title rivals City, Arsenal, Tottenham, and Manchester United are all having to contend with games on either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday before the weekend action.
It's widely thought that Liverpool have benefited from being able to focus 100% on the league, and as the games go on, they don't look at all like they're tiring.
However, Klopp has tried to downplay the situation by insisting that this isn't the reason why his players are flying so high.
Dispelling the myth
"Everyone talks about this [not playing in Europe] but I think 80 to 90 percent of the time in Europe, the teams becoming champions are in the Champions League,” he told reporters, as per Goal.
"That's how it is. Why? Because they have quality, they can rotate, they can rest whenever. It's not too cool when you are not successful.
"Sometimes it's an advantage, but in the end, why does a team win the league with all these intense games in midweek? Maybe they find an answer."
Leicester enjoyed the same advantages last season, but there's obviously a bit more to it than that.
In fact, while Klopp is known to prefer having a whole week to work with his players, he should also take a lot of the credit for how well Liverpool have done, as it's largely thanks to his re-shaped attack and high-pressing strategy.
It remains to be seen where Liverpool finish in May, but based on current form, it would surprise few people if they ended up with the trophy.
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