It has been a strange and unique season in more ways than one, especially in the case of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
With no time to blink from one match to another, games behind closed doors, and a remarkable number serving spells on the treatment table, it has been a truly unprecedented campaign up to the midway point.
Considering the circumstances, can Klopp and the Reds be content with their season so far?
Albeit disappointing for Liverpool to exit both domestic cup competitions in the early stages, these were always likely to be down the pecking order.
Although strong sides were fielded in the FA Cup and a run would have been undeniably welcomed, in perspective, Liverpool may well find themselves the beneficiaries of a slightly less gruelling run-in.
Defeats to Arsenal and Manchester United in the League and FA Cup respectively ended the Reds’ hopes of domestic cup glory.
The 2019 winners found themselves topping a tricky-looking group, with a game to spare.
Barring a disappointing home encounter with Italian outfit Atalanta, Liverpool will be very pleased with their European performance up to this point.
A 5-0 win in Italy away at Atalanta especially, will be one to live long in the memory.
Next up, a tantalising clash with Bundesliga giants RB Leipzig.
Klopp’s men find themselves sitting 4th in the current standings, following an impressive 3-1 victory away at Spurs.
Although this is a somewhat disappointing position at the halfway mark, such tightly congested standings see the Reds just four points off the summit.
Considering the defensive woes and dire recent form, it is still fair to suggest the champions can see this as something to build on, heading into a pivotal stage of the campaign.
Liverpool Player Ratings:
Alisson Becker: 9
The Brazilian shot-stopper has once again proved his worth to this Liverpool side.
A calming influence between the sticks, the number one often finds himself with little to do, but is always there when the Reds need him most.
When missing, is when it becomes apparent just how good he is.
Trent Alexander-Arnold: 4
By his own exceptional standards, a below-par campaign to date.
Three assists is a dramatic fall compared to recent times, with the 22-year-old’s general play also a shadow of years gone by.
Likely just a blip in form, the young Scouser has too much quality to continue in this vein, though he will hope for a much-improved second half of the season.
Joel Matip: 7
The Cameroonian’s inability to sustain match fitness is of significant frustration to supporters, with such outstanding quality in the 29-year-old.
Imaginably even more frustrating to Klopp and the player himself, the defender is seemingly unable to feature on a consistent basis.
However, based on the occasions in which he has contributed, his class has been there for all to see.
Makeshift by nature, but by performance, anything but. The Brazilian has been immense, playing the centre-back role like he knows no different.
Forever reliable, and deservedly one of the first names on the team sheet, it has been a commendable performance up to this point.
Andy Robertson: 8.5
Liverpool’s Mr Consistent yet again.
Scarcely below-par, the Scot is a mainstay down the Reds’ left-hand-side, incessantly producing outstanding performances.
While the assists output are also down slightly, his overall game has not remotely suffered.
Jordan Henderson: 7
While performances have been slightly more inconsistent than what we’ve been accustomed to, the captain still frequently delivers, and continually demonstrates his evident leadership qualities.
Another player that, when out the side, is sorely missed.
The 30-year-old’s versatility of late, has further proved why he is such a valuable asset to Klopp’s men.
Gini Wijnaldum: 6.5
Another typically consistent player, however up to this point, few outstanding performances spring to mind.
His robustness however, has always been a valuable quality of his, which has been particularly useful through the current campaign.
His inevitable departure will undoubtedly be a big loss to the Liverpool engine room.
Thiago Alcantara: 8
Although the Spaniard endured a largely frustrating start to life on Merseyside, his recent performances have showed exactly why the club were so keen to secure his signature.
The 29-year-old brings such quality on the ball, that few players on the planet can match.
Unquestionably, will be crucial to any success achieved by the champions.
Mo Salah: 9.5
Top scorer in the Premier League, and arguably Liverpool’s outstanding player.
Always there to put the ball away, the Egyptian’s clinical edge is undisputed, and perhaps under-appreciated by Liverpool fans.
Although a slight blip of late, the 28-year-old guarantees 20+ goals a season from a wide position, and would be nigh-on impossible to replace.
Roberto Firmino: 5
While the Brazilian’s quality is glaringly obvious, it is fair to suggest his clinical edge has been severely lacking, which has now arguably been the case for a lengthy time period.
With just six league goals to his name, Jurgen Klopp will certainly want better output from his number nine.
When he plays well, Liverpool do, making his sub-par performances all the more frustrating.
Sadio Mane: 7
While producing more consistently than his Brazilian counterpart, the Senegalese has also been short of his usual self.
Just seven league goals reflect this, however the 28-year-old is always capable of magical moments, and delivering when Liverpool need it most.
A return to his best form will significantly elevate any chance of silverware.
Honourable Mention: Diogo Jota-9.5
Almost a forgotten man since his unfortunate injury back in December, the 24-year-old has been a revelation.
While eyebrows were initially raised at the £45m price tag, he quickly silenced doubters.
His return will be to the delight of Jurgen Klopp, who will hope the Portuguese international will play a crucial role in bringing more success to Anfield, come the end of a gruelling 2020-21 campaign.