There was to be no humiliation in the Austrian Alps as Liverpool marched on in pursuit of a sackful of trophies this season.
Liverpool, which beat Tottenham in the title match in June to become European champion for the sixth time, toughed out a 2-0 victory at Salzburg to advance as the victor of Group E and stay on course in its defense of the trophy.
Nearly half a season has been played, and Liverpool are suddenly looking like a team that could sweep the board in terms of silverware.
Juventus can not be caught at the top of Group C and although Maurizio Sarri has selected a strong squad for the trip to Germany, it is unlikely he will risk many of his regular first-team players.
No team can play a club from either their Champions League group or the same national association, meaning there can be no all-Premier League ties in the last 16.
"What a team", Klopp told BT Sport. With the young players we have in this side there will be bumps in the road. A tricky one, but we did it.
Liverpool lived dangerously in the first half, giving up a string of chances to Salzburg as 19-year-old striker sensation Erling Braut Haland - looking to score in his sixth straight game in the group - wasted the best of them. There have been just five occasions of a team conceding 20+ goals in a single group stage in the competition, most recently by Legia Warsaw in 2016-17 (24).
Despite some patchy Champions League form, Liverpool come into the final match of the group against Red Bull Salzburg top of their section.
As it stands 14 clubs have already qualified for the last 16, meaning just two more sides across Europe will be determined on Wednesday night.
"It's just about enjoying myself and learning from the best".
With the season approaching its halfway point, it would be premature to suggest that Liverpool are on a clear run for a historic season.
5 - Dinamo Zagreb have picked up five points in this season's Champions League. Over 90 minutes, away from home, anything could happen.
Forty days later, he became the youngest goal scorer in Champions League history while banishing a historic club to the Europa League.
The draw will take place at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, from 10.45am on Monday 16 December. But Liverpool came through it by holding their nerve and pouncing once Jesse Marsch's team began to tire in the second half, scoring in quick succession through ex-Salzburg midfielder Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah.
Performance bonuses are then paid out for each match at £2.4m per win and £799,000 per draw.
They have developed a habit of doing that, which is why Liverpool will prove tough to beat in every competition they play in.