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Leicester City had just scored a second, late goal against Manchester City. At Anfield, the news was embraced like a lost medal. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Leicester City had just scored a second, late goal against Manchester City. At Anfield, the news was embraced like a lost medal. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Gloriously mundane it was. Anfield, Wednesday, and the red scoreboard clock on the Kop showed Liverpool had just gone 4-0 up against Newcastle United. There were five minutes left of a game that was by no means enthralling.

In fact, until this moment the most impressive aspect of Liverpool’s afternoon was its ordinariness. Here was a routine win unfolding, the eighth in a row in the Premier League, the 16th in 19 matches. It was, as the Liverpool Echo reported, “economical”.

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