But in a league featuring several weak teams that will be beaten convincingly by the pace-setters, Sarri and Co. know that they can blow the lesser sides away at the same time as being competitive against City and Liverpool.
"You can see how good Chelsea are but it's nice to see it again".
Bearing in mind Salah's frustration - and perhaps aware that the cameras would be aimed at the Egyptian, hoping to catch another reaction - Klopp jumped over the seats and gave his star man a big hug.
After Maurizio Sarri's side won the dress rehearsal 2-1 in the EFL Cup on Wednesday, Liverpool will be out for revenge.
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger denied what looked like a certain goal from last season's Premier League top scorer and it was not the best evening for Salah in a Liverpool shirt.
"I like to think I have [scored better] but probably not".
Salah was always likely to have his form scrutinised more closely this season given his stunning exploits in 2017-18, and this performance will have done little to keep the critics off his back.
Saturday's strike was Sturridge's fourth goal in seven appearances across all competitions this season, yet only two of those have been in the starting team with the majority coming off the bench.
Salah paid for his profligacy before the break when he was replaced by Shaqiri 24 minutes from time. This week alone he's been on target twice against Liverpool, in the League Cup and in today's league game which ended 1-1.
- Liverpool remain unbeaten in their opening seven matches of a Premier League season for the first time since 2008-09.
Asked if it is risky to rely so heavily on Hazard for goals, he replied: "Maybe, but I think at the end of the season we can have four or five players over 10 goals, so it's not only Hazard". It's just one game and we have plenty more to go.
However, Daniel Sturridge's superb late goal salvaged a draw for Liverpool.
"It's important for every club to try to pick up points and these games are important, but even if you drop points in these games it's about having the consistency throughout the whole season because this is just one game in 38 anyway".