Liverpool have kicked off the season in a good start and run that looks like they have their eyes on winning the Premier League title this season. The Reds are unbeaten in 12 matches and are eight points ahead of Leicester City and Chelsea who occupy the second and third positions in the Premier League table respectively, and also nine points ahead of their arch-rivals, Manchester City.
If the Premier League title is sure for any club at all this season, it is for Liverpool as they continue to grow stronger.
Manchester City had been pitched as the main competition for them from the start of this season, being the defending champions and all, but the Citizen’s title race had been dealt a huge blow when they met Liverpool in Anfield over the weekend.
The match had ended in a 3-1 win for Liverpool and the result saw Manchester City drop to fourth in the Premier League table, with Liverpool establishing a comfortable lead over their rivals.
If nothing at all, last season’s race for the league title had established the rivalry between the two clubs. Liverpool ended the season just one point behind Manchester City in a near-miss run that would have seen the Reds win the Premier League for the first time.
Although the club is on an unbeaten run of 11 wins in the Premier League and one draw, the club manager Jurgen Klopp has made it obvious it’s just the start in a speech on the club’s website.
“It’s just the start, that’s how it is, everybody knows that.
“If you would have told me that you can have 34 points [at this stage of the season], wow! It’s pretty much impossible but we did it but now the boys go for the last international break of the year.
“They have to come back healthy. You saw it how intense it was [against City]. Hopefully, they all come back healthy and then we go to Crystal Palace.
“I think the last games are somewhere on the planet on Tuesday in the week that we play on Saturday against Crystal Palace.
“So they will fly back on the Wednesday, Thursday have a recovery session and Friday, Saturday ‘Hello, Crystal Palace!’
“That’s the situation so nothing happens so far but it’s still the best situation we could have asked for so let’s hope we can carry on.”
Why Jurgen Klopp is not getting carried away
Even though Liverpool are in good form, we have all seen one weakness of the team’s gameplay. Playing against a back-five is an apparent problem Jurgen Klopp is yet to find a permanent solution to. Manchester City might have slipped, giving Liverpool the chance to take a comfortable lead over them, but Leicester City and Chelsea trail behind the Reds and they are not clubs to be taken lightly.
Even though eight points are too much to simply bottle, we can all agree anything is possible. Jurgen Klopp knows better than to be too relaxed unless he again has this one slip away from him this season.
Starting the season off in a good way helps calm things down and get the players’ confidence boosted but that does not mean they have to be totally relaxed now that they are at the top. They need to remember that the competition is fierce and clubs are trailing behind, ready to take their spot, should they be too complacent.