This was not the first occasion in this campaign when the boos have rung out from Wolverhampton Wanderers fans at Molineux but the intensity of the dissatisfaction seems greater now. With Steven Gerrard rested, this was not Liverpool's strongest lineup yet they coasted to a win. They were 3-0 ahead by the 78th minute when Dirk Kuyt took the last goal with an excellent drive from an angle on the right.
Credit is due the visitors, who are Carling Cup finalists, conquerors of Manchester United in the FA Cup and a club with some prospect of a return to the Champions League. They stand fifth and are just four points behind Chelsea. There is an authority to Kenny Dalglish's team.
Encouraging signs are abundant and Luis Suárez will be available now his eight-match ban is completed. Wolves have little to hearten them and, with the transfer window shut, some will argue that the only other change that can be made is the removal of the manager, Mick McCarthy.
A shot against the post by the Wolves substitute Sylvan Ebanks-Blake got the audience's attention but Liverpool had notched all their goals by then. The hosts, despite being 19th, are yet to be cut adrift. That brings some comfort but a resurgence will have to be conjured up shortly.
Liverpool, by contrast, may have to check expectations and Dalglish is just the person for that assignment. Following this match, he was quick to point to Liverpool's recent defeat by Bolton Wanderers. He had just one reservation about the commanding display by Craig Bellamy here, wishing the forward were "23 instead of 32".
The manager lauded the attacker, saying:"He's preparing himself and knows what to do for the best within the framework of the team. When he gets the ball you know something is going to happen. He's been fantastic for us."
The home support will have seen only the inadequacies of Wolves. "Watching that second half was unacceptable," said McCarthy. "The lads are hurting as well. We've been beaten by a considerably better side who've just beaten Manchester City and Manchester United. After the last game there were rumours I wasn't going to be here. I can't imagine there being any less this time."
The manager seemed to fault himself for playing an attacking formation which was close to 4-4-2. It left the side fragile without introducing real verve. Wolves have notched a mere 25 goals in 23 Premier League games.
Bellamy, a substitute in the FA Cup win over United, relished this start. The remainder of the side were initially in the same mood, with Kuyt firing off target from a knockdown in the third minute by the improving and confident Andy Carroll.
The pressure continued, with the Wolves goalkeeper, Wayne Hennessey, alert when blocking Daniel Agger's header with a foot in the 25th minute. Molineux has been no stronghold of late and the side have not won anywhere since overcoming Sunderland at home on 4 December.
The ominous tone was no illusion. With 53 minutes gone Eggert Jonsson lost possession and Liverpool pounced. Carroll put his side ahead, converting Adam's low ball from the left. The second goal came eight minutes later, with Bellamy firing an angled shot from the left into the far corner. Liverpool's enjoyment of this fixture seldom faltered.