So, that lost a game, Liverpool's old New Era. The current manager was there when Rafa Benitez made six of the 10 years' worth of Champions League finals, including two Europa League, three domestic League Cups and five league titles in those 10 years. It's fair to suggest that so long as he continues to fulfill the role, there's been only ever been one Liverpool boss who really mattered: the legendary Bill Shankly.
We don't know whether Jurgen Klopp will be ushering in a new era, but his biggest headswell since he joined the club in October 2015 has been replaced by an off-field surge. He is winning. And, with a little time (I can kind of see people start to think “I can see Liverpool as challengers”), it could be because they are operating off a totally different platform.
Klopp may be the only manager who ever respected the Liverpool manager too much to expect full loyalty from his players, but he certainly learned from it. This season, it's on the field where Liverpool is strong. They're a different side with Carra with Hettonham; a line-up light on class that ruthlessly absorbs the tackles you land on them and toughs you up and rips your scalp off. They are this league. With those players, Klopp's men are as tough as the defence that vanquished the Hornets – when you take away Alisson, the other three first-team players are full-backs who know their role inside out and a midfield trio chiseled from granite. Watford have so much aggression in their 6-3 attack that they never quite get a stable core.