Jurgen Klopp feared that his Liverpool side would suffer another collapse against Brighton on Saturday.
The Reds cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Seagulls, but the hosts were not without their chances.
Glenn Murray missed a number of presentable opportunities, one proving incredibly costly as Liverpool broke to extend their lead to 3-0 within a minute.
Liverpool eventually won 5-1 and Philippe Coutinho was crowned our early winner, with Murray scoring a consolation penalty.
“I would be lying if I said I didn’t think ‘yeah…’,” Klopp said when asked whether he feared his players would spurn the sort of lead that saw them draw 3-3 with Sevilla after winning 3-0. “When you have it one time, unfortunately you need a little bit to get completely rid of this feeling.
“It’s not that I thought it would happen 100 per cent. We were 2-0 up at half-time, made it 3-0 shortly after and usually that’s it, especially how we scored it as well.
“They had a big chance, then we make a counter-attack and score – boom. That’s really hard to cope with for the other team.
“Then they make it 3-1, and while the lead was not really insecure, it’s not that I thought it could not happen, because a few weeks ago it happened.
“We needed this so we don’t have the Sevilla game in our mind completely.”