Everton won their first seven games of the season. The eighth was a Merseyside derby. They won that, too, 3-0. It is not a prediction of the immediate future as much as ancient history: This was 1894-95 when Everton made what is their finest start to a campaign.
History will not repeat itself in one respect - Liverpool were relegated then - but, with every week, it feels likelier it might in another. Everton had enough staying power in 1895 to finish second.