More sensitive Arsenal fans, of which there are many, will be reeling after sustaining an unprovoked Steven Gerrard broadside on the subject of last summer’s unsuccessful bid to sign Luis Suarez.
“With all due respect to them, I said to him that he was too good for Arsenal”, Gerrard told reporters after Liverpool’s 2-2 friendly draw against Man City.
Yet the Gunners are 31/50 favourites to outperform their detractor and his colleagues in next season’s Premier League, with the Anfield club 6/5 to win the duel.
It’s easy to see why too, with last season the first time in four that Liverpool have managed to finish above the north London side.
The extra burden of their resultant Champions League qualification should do much to swing the pendulum of progress back in the direction of the Emirates.
Liverpool have lost a world class forward in Suarez, who either scored or assisted 43 of their 101 league goals last term.
In contrast Arsenal have added one to their roster in the shape of Alexis Sanchez, who scored or created 29 league goals in 33 appearances for Barcelona last term.
The Anfield transfer committee have wasted no time in investing the proceeds of Suarez’ sale in bolstering their squad ahead of the European jaunts of 2014/15.
Yet that, as Tottenham will agree, can be a process fraught with difficulty, as liable to see the Reds take two steps back as that next step forward.
Finally the issue of Gerrard’s succession is one that is likely to cause Liverpool issues over the season ahead.
The World Cup proved he’s no defensive midfielder, yet his none-more elevated status at the club could see an overly tentative approach to fazing him out undermine the Anfield defence over the course of the campaign and beyond.