Wow! Liverpool has played some sublime football in the last two PL games, that they look unrecognizable.
Never mind about the debate if Liverpool will win the title. I will be disappointed if Liverpool don’t win goal or goals of the season awards this next year
Just 5 games into the season, the Redmen have shown how beautiful football can be played even in the tough physical English league. The fluidity, the creativity and the confidence to shoot from just about everywhere are trademarks that a stable foundation is finally forming at Anfield.
Early days surely, but as per a certain Brendan Rodgers quote, “let’s see where we stand after 5 games, 10 games” so forth, than beating other title contenders away and suppressing the league champions is already an achievement for Klopp’s men.
10 points in five games and the current goal difference has been Liverpool best start in 8 years. However, for Liverpool, the next five games will be the real test.
Being impressive against Gonners, Spurs, Chelski and Leicester has been a natural habit, but the lost to Burnley will always be like an obscene graffiti which can’t be painted over. YET.
A reminder of the type of games, Liverpool is heading into. The so called ‘banana skin’ clashes starting with Hull, swans, manure, West Brom and palace. On current form, Liverpool should be at least 2nd on the table on 29th October, or at the summit if the other Manchester club slips up.
It’s not wishful thinking, nor cranking up the pressure on my lifelong club. Neither it is about the title this season. It’s simply about Liverpool laying a clear direction after all these years to be genuine giants in Europe from next season ONWARDS.
If Klopp can negotiate the next five games with positive results, it would mean a dawning of a brand new era. If not, he is missing a few more missing pieces to finally end Liverpool’s title draught. From what we have seen in the last game at Stamford Bridge, it does look like some lessons have been learnt.
Conte’s team played or tried playing the kind of football Burnley did few weeks back. Happy to let Liverpool have the ball and hit quickly on the counter. It backfired as we know, because Liverpool looked to have found a way to stretch teams ‘that park the bus’. More positively, stood firm to weather their counter actions.
The key to that is clearly fitness. Something Klopp came under criticism for in pre-season for pushing the players to injurious effect. Look who’s laughing now.
Matip looks right at home, Hendo is looking like a fresh new signing, Sturridge appears amazed he could defend and score, Milner looks like a man possessed in a left back role, and the 2 Brazilians Firmino and Coutinho are looking like authentic samba products they forgot they were.
Of course the concern is whether Liverpool can keep up the frenetic pace and coverage of the pitch for an entire season? Possible, because maybe now we understand why Klopp was stocking midfielders at Anfield. The core of any football team to control the speed of the game. Plus Klopp doesn’t rotate his players, he weaves new and unused players into a standard pace required to maintain it over a season.
Klopp’s genius or experience? Doesn’t matter, because he is a fan first, just like alot of us who likes to watch a game with pace, skill and flair. Sometimes it feels like Klopp is simply living his dream doesn’t it?
So with such options, Klopp’s Liverpool have given a fresh hope that they will not fall for such scams from teams who sit back.
Also instead of calling it confidence, the Reds are seeing tangible proof on the field that they can pull off a grand finish.
Hence only after coming through the next five games can we truly start to believe in miracles.
The best to the Reds. YNWA