There felt a clear directive when it came to Loris Karius on Wednesday night. Ball must be distributed with haste and no undue panic be created by dawdling in possession.
Whether that was self-imposed or came from his manager is largely moot. The importance of not shining unnecessary attention on Jurgen Klopp’s big call was huge.
Time and again possession would roll back to Karius; time and again he would dispatch of it exceptionally quickly as Simon Mignolet brooded on the Liverpool bench.
Loris Karius was in the Liverpool goal for their Champions League opener against Sevilla
Simon Mignolet has been the Reds' first choice in the league but he was left on the bench
‘Too cool with the ball,’ is how Klopp feels some view the 24-year-old and that remained evident at Anfield as drama unfolded around his goalkeeper.
The breathlessness might not have emanated from Karius but the element of pantomime envelops him on Merseyside.
Supporters still grimaced on The Kop when he chipped across his six-yard box when under pressure, groaned as he failed to pick out a man quickly enough. Changing that groundswell of opinion will not happen overnight.
But this was not about the individual, more what