They were standing in the foyer before kick-off, two men who were absolutely assured of their place in the Anfield pantheon. And then they parted, Kenny Dalglish to the home dressing room, Ian Rush to the directors' box.
There will come a time, perhaps a decade and a half from now, when Luis Suárez will be around the Legends Lounge, passing the time with whoever happens to be managing Liverpool – whether it be Jamie Carragher, Jürgen Klopp or – and imagination can take you a long way – Darren Ferguson.
When asked to describe the Uruguayan's performance, which included perhaps the best goal at Anfield this year, where he bamboozled Christophe Berra before finding the slight gap between Wayne Hennessy and the near post, Dalglish remarked: "He has been here before he has been here."
What the Liverpool manager meant was that Suárez came to Merseyside with a CV that included scoring more than 100 goals for Ajax, a feat achieved by Johan Cruyff, Marco van Basten and Dennis Bergkamp, who are as assured of their welcome at the Dutch club's Amsterdam Arena as Rush is at Anfield.
It says something for Suárez's performances since he scored on his debut against Stoke City that the other part of his CV seems to have been entirely forgotten. He was the man whose handball had denied Ghana a place in the semi-finals of the first African World Cup. At Ajax he was known as a diver whose career in the Eredivisie ended when he bit PSV Eindhoven's Otman Bakkal.
They are headlines that seem not to belong to the striker who proved the difference between Liverpool and a rugged and sometimes inventive Wolverhampton Wanderers. Andy Carroll, who enjoyed one of his better games for Liverpool, has not shaken off the baggage that accompanied him from Newcastle. There should come a time when he is not thought of as a big Geordie with a pint forever in his hand. This match was a step forward.
When discussing how far Suárez could go at Anfield, Dalglish cut the conversation short. "I don't think he is just on course, I think he has arrived. I think the fans take to him because he is genuine and 100% committed. Our supporters are probably the most intelligent I have come across and they understand when someone is doing something well."
For someone who has spent most of his life in the fierce limelight Anfield can throw, Dalglish can be surprisingly modest. In the reprint of his autobiography, My Liverpool Home, he is clear that the man most responsible for bringing Suárez to Merseyside was the club's director of football, Damien Comolli, whose precise relationship with his manager is the source of much speculation.
On Saturday evening, as the discussion spread to what kind of advice Dalglish has given Suárez not just as manager to player but as one forward to another, he replied: "No hablo español." He has, of course, made enough golfing pilgrimages to La Manga to have picked up the odd phrase and Suárez himself has confirmed there have been plenty of tips and encouragement.
There is, of course, a sizeable contingent for whom Spanish is a first language and that includes José Enrique, whose journey from St James' Park has been more instantly successful than Carroll's.
And yet with the Merseyside derby looming at Goodison Park, there was urgency in the Spaniard's voice. "If we want to be in the Champions League next season, we need to get these points now," he said. "Andy was unlucky not to score but next time he will and next week will be perfect."