It’s looking good. It’s looking very good. Twelve games down, eleven wins, one draw, zero defeats. Liverpool are the team to beat, and most importantly, the team to catch. 19/20 has already delivered silverware and more (much more) could be on its way, writes @sam0007ster.
All is well.
The Reds are eight points clear at the summit and Manchester City, the champions, are nine points behind having just been given a mauling at Anfield.
As a result, the European champions are now bookies favourites to win their first English championship for thirty years.
The 19/20 Reds are Super Cup winners and League Cup quarterfinalists with the Club World Cup still to play. Needless to say, Jurgen Klopp’s men are also one win away from Champions League progression.
Liverpool fans have every right to smile and boast, gloat and cheer. At this moment, their team is best in the land. Arguably, the best on the continent. Conceivably, the best on the planet.
Live it. Watch it. Love it. You won’t truly know what you have until it’s gone.
A Bit of Perspective:
But several potential stumbling blocks await. Fixture congestion and, as a consequence, the probibility of a big injury to a key man are just two.
At the time of writing, Andy Robertson – crosser extraordinaire – looks to have picked up a knock and will miss international duty as a result. And Mohamed Salah – scorer of Liverpool’s second goal on Sunday – has suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury which kept him out against Manchester Utd last month.
Both players are doubts for the away game and cup final (every fixture’s a cup final now) against Crystal Palace a week on Saturday. These are issues which Klopp and staff will have to start getting use to as the Christmas period takes its toll.
Adapting will be key. The Reds are set to play nine games in December alone, a month which includes the first Merseyside Derby of the season, an away trip to RB Leipzig, a Club World Cup semi-final and potential final – in Qatar.
It seems like the crunch point is just around the corner. Hence if Liverpool can get through the next month or two relatively unscathed then, well, the long wait may just be over.
The reason for this dogged conviction – which has been amplified by pundits and fans alike – is the fact that this team are now serial winners as well as seasoned campaigners.
But sometimes we forget that.
Klopp’s men know how to win, win and win again. The German is a calculated strategist with the squad to boot. The likes of Divock Origi, and likewise, Xherdan Shaqiri and Adam Lallana have also proven they can step up when the going gets tough.
Let’s not forget, even without the likes of Roberto Firmino and Salah, the Reds were able to overturn a three-goal deficit against Barcelona – the brilliant, at times awe-inspiring, Spanish giants – in the biggest club competition of them all.
All Is Well:
This team will be talked about for decades to come because they have no clear weaknesses. They score goals, they create chances at will, they are attractive and expansive and, most of all, they are balanced.
The midfield – the main point of criticism last season – is now delivering with a plethora of goals and assists (see a piece written for LFCTR a couple of weeks back).
Fabinho’s thunderous strike on Sunday coupled with dominant displays from Gini Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson add further substance to that claim. It is not absurd to suggest they are perhaps the most daunting midfield to face in Europe.
In fact, have the Reds ever been in better shape (defensively and offensively)? Certainly not in the twenty-first century.
As things stand in mid-November, Liverpool have not suffered a set-back of any sort (excluding the defeat in Naples of course).
Remember Liverpool have not lost a domestic fixture since January. You probably won’t need reminding that the Red’s home form is also second to none.
All is well.
Palace away to follow.