Jurgen Klopp has urged Liverpool fans to relax and not obsess over the Premier League title
Yet if a few take the advice politely while buckling themselves firmly into their seats like Robert Shaw in Jaws when the first inches of line clicked off his reel, few could blame them.
Southampton arrive for tonight's EFL Cup semi-final second leg with a 1-0 advantage from the match at St Mary's – no easy task for Klopp and his men.
Hot on their heels come Wolves in the FA Cup on Saturday. And then it will be the Premier League leaders Chelsea next Tuesday.
Three matches, three competitions and three dead ends, at least for those viewing through half-empty glasses.
The Reds manager told his players in an extended team meeting on Sunday they needed embrace their moment, "enjoy being Liverpool", and see only opportunities ahead.
Klopp held an extended meeting with his players and told them to 'enjoy being Liverpool'
And his message to fans ahead of the trio of clashes was equally upbeat, telling them not to obsess about the title for fear of missing out on the thrills en route.
"If it is only possible for one team to be really happy about their season, then what are we doing? It's a crazy world in this moment but it shouldn't be that crazy," said Klopp.
"Yes, we have to finish better than last season, we have to improve on what we already did and prove it. That's 100 per cent. And then we make the next step. This is a long-term project – that means obviously we need to make a few steps.
"If you can pick some of the nice routes then do it. We'll do it, silverware or whatever. Champions League. But even then we will not stop developing. Everything is fine for me."
Liverpool's dazzling first half of the season did much to raise expectation at Anfield. But the injury to Philippe Coutinho in late November, which kept him out for six weeks, indifferent form from the goalkeepers, and the impact of losing Sadio Mane and Joel Matip (even though he did not travel) to the African Nations Cup, has been significant.
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Liverpool have been without star man Sadio Mane due to the Africa Cup of Nations
Since the turn of the year Liverpool have won just one of their six games, away to League Two Plymouth in the FA Cup third-round replay – a stuttering run which has removed some of the cocksure swagger from the club.
That said, the slingshot momentum of a victory in tonight's semi-final going in to the weekend could be significant, certainly enough to steamroll Championship opposition in front of another packed Anfield.
And it may even be enough to give Klopp's men real hope next Tuesday against the league leaders.
"We have already played them once and beat them so we're not responsible for their position – we did what we could until now," said Klopp.
"But who thought that this season we had to be champions otherwise we cannot enjoy the season? We're still close enough to fight for nearly everything."
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The closest and perhaps most easily won of those battles remains Southampton tonight despite the fact they will have to come from behind after Nathan Redmond's winner at St Mary's two weeks ago.
Having got so close to winning the EFL Cup last season, losing on penalties in the final to Manchester City, Klopp is determined not only to reach Wembley again but to lift his first silverware as Liverpool manager.
"I don't even have to say how big it would be. Of course we want to be part of the final but don't just want that, we want to go and win it and the first step is to beat Southampton.
"If you saw us celebrating after the quarter-final you would realise how much it means. We were really happy to go to the semi-final and we want to be in the final, which will be really difficult against Man United, probably, but it's still possible.
"We reach for the heights but we don't know in this moment. But that's not because of motivation or readiness. We will be ready."