Given Steve Bruce's belief that Liverpool have once more emerged as a 'true force', it is with something approaching trepidation that the Birmingham City manager takes his side to Anfield this evening.
Bruce expects there to be a party atmosphere at the home of the European champions as The Kop welcomes back Robbie Fowler, the prodigal son who scored more than 170 times in his first stint at Liverpool, and is anxious his charges will not fulfil the role of hired entertainment.
The extent of Fowler's participation is yet to be decided although it is unlikely the Reds' manager, Rafael Benitez, will fail to utilise in some capacity the undoubted feel-good factor that pervades his club following the 30-year-old's unexpected arrival from Manchester City.
And Bruce is adamant that the former England striker's powers have not waned too much.
"Even after Leeds and Manchester City his scoring record is quite staggering," Bruce said. "He is as good a penalty-area player as the Premiership has seen. You mention [Andy] Cole, Fowler and [Alan] Shearer in the same breath because if you look at his record for Liverpool it's fantastic."
Fowler returns to a Liverpool team in much better fettle than the one he left. Third in the Premiership and winners, albeit somewhat surprisingly, of the Champions League theirs' is a very upward spiral.
"Liverpool have emerged as a true force again," Bruce agreed. "That's the way I look at it from the outside. They have only lost one in 13 games - and that was in the last minute at Manchester United, they look fairly settled in their team and in Steven Gerrard they have the one player I would pick from the whole world.
"The performance he gave down here at the back end of last season, when they beat us 3-0, was unbelievable, as good as I have ever seen from any individual. I hope he's injured."
The man charged with restraining Fowler, or former Aston Villa centre-forward Peter Crouch, could be new signing Martin Latka.
The Czech Republic Under-21 signed on loan from Slavia Prague at the beginning of this week and could be handed the earliest of debuts.
"Nice baptism eh?" Bruce noted before suggesting the 21-year-old's acclimatisation will be crucial to his success at Birmingham.
"He is big, athletic and is very, very comfortable on the
ball but he is going to have to adapt like most people do.
"That's the big gamble you have. In training you can see everyone can play the game but it's whether he can adapt to the English conditions. We hope he adapts quickly if we decide to put him in the start-ing eleven."
With Kenny Cunningham and Martin Taylor are still injured, Latka could come straight in alongside Matthew Upson - who is available again after missing the FA Cup tie at Reading at the weekend for incurring five bookings. Left-back Jamie Clapham has recovered from a knee problem and joins the squad.
Benitez will stick with his rotation of Crouch, Fernando Morientes and Djibril Cisse initially against Birmingham, and Fowler has not even given thought to who he may soon be partnering.
He said: "I haven't thought about who I may be playing with, all I was concerned about when the transfer was happening was getting the call asking if I wanted to come back and answering yes, in capital letters.
"But this is not about me, the sole purpose of anyone playing for Liverpool is to pick up trophies and win as many games as you can.
"In the past there have been so many great players and so much has been won before. I'm no different to anyone else, I want to be on that level."