What is an acceptable points return from Liverpool's opening three games? Leeds United (h), Chelsea (a) and Arsenal (h) — nine points, right? Or is seven okay? How devastating is six?

That's a lot of questions I know, personally I think seven is absolutely fine. Seven in the context of a normal football team, not one who has amassed 196 points over two seasons. Seven is sensible and still means the league is suddenly not lost after three games.

That is something Liverpool's support may need to wean themselves off in the coming months — the concept of perfection created by a football team who've offered it up in a ridiculously consistent manner. We may all have to start viewing them as human once again pretty soon, and with good reason.

The Premier League kick-off will still come when many sides are essentially in a pre-season state of body and mind. There will be squads (not Liverpool) which are waiting for players to come and go. There will undoubtedly be differing states of fitness, concentration and application. Enough for Liverpool to steal another march you could argue, but they could also fall into the trap of being under-prepared through sheer circumstance.

Matt Doherty of Wolves celebrates scoring the winner against Man City
City have struggled against Wolves in recent times.

Manchester City will make an elongated opening to the season with a trip to Wolves, followed by Leicester City (h) and Leeds (a). Nine points in this climate is no guarantee for them, either, and should both big hitters of the last two seasons not take maximum points from the first three games and someone else does, there will be plenty willing to press the panic button whilst screaming you should've signed Thiago to the masses.

But reality comes calling once again — and the reality has always been that Liverpool earning a draw at Stamford Bridge is perfectly fine. The reality is that City drawing at Wolves is a better result than what they achieved last season. The reality is that feasibly aiming for 100 point seasons cannot be sustained in a realistic sense.

Should that therefore be the case, and 90 is enough to achieve title glory in 2020/21, then we might have to settle in for some uncomfortable realities, such as dropping points more often, having the title race be opened up to more than just two sides and maybe even losing at Anfield for the first time in three years.

It shouldn't be forgotten what influence a lack of supporters can have also, as we tentatively take steps towards getting fans back into stadiums next season. Liverpool could find they suffer worse than others without the intensity of home and rival fans driving them on. There will be patience required from all quarters if the Reds are to retain the Premier League title. That patience is likely to be tested as early as the opening three fixtures.