It feels like a lifetime ago now, such is the nature of the international break, but the 2-1 win over Leicester last time out was a decent way to enter the prolonged abstinence from club football. We could have been at least 3-0 to the good at half time, with goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino following a complete horror-show of a miss from Mo Salah, who really should have done better with his early chance.
It was hard fought, but our 1-0 win over Brighton on Saturday maintained our 100% start to the 2018/19 campaign. It was one of those frustrating games where we were a slightly misplaced pass or a narrow deflection away from running up a more convincing scoreline, but there were plenty of positives to be taken nonetheless.
The cynics might just suggest that the Crystal Palace is game one we would have lost 12 months ago.
You can certainly make a case as such; we definitely lost too many points in tricky-but-winnable encounters like a trip to Selhurst Park last term. Let’s face it, Manchester City would be strongly fancied to down the Eagles.
It was almost as if they’ve never been away.
Fresh from a season that promised to deliver so much, the Reds got right back in the saddle and blew West Ham away in a sublime show of attacking football.
It has been a busy transfer window for Jurgen Klopp and his recruitment team, but the good news is that his business has been conducted with typical German efficiency. He’s done things the right way too: identifying the weak areas of the squad and revamping accordingly.
The summer heatwave has been a godsend for some, a disaster for others, but there can be no doubting the sizzling work done by Jurgen Klopp and his recruitment team in the transfer window.
Reaching the Champions League final was a real statement of intent from Liverpool, who are ready to take their seat at continental football’s top table once more. The final revealed a couple of things: how close we are to mixing it with the very best, and how it’s essential we improve upon our weakest links to take that next step.
It will take some time for the scars to heal after a heartbreaking loss in the Champions League final, and for the players the torment is both physical (Mo Salah’s shoulder injury could keep him out of the start of Egypt’s World Cup campaign) and emotional; you wonder if Loris Karius will ever pull on a Liverpool shirt again.
It was a journey that began in Hoffenheim on August 15, and took in the delights of Seville, Moscow, Maribor, Porto, Manchester and Rome. And it ends on Saturday in Kiev when Liverpool take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final.
We are just over a week away from the Champions League final in Kiev, and all eyes will be on the continental showpiece on Saturday May 26. Liverpool are the underdogs with the bookmakers, and yet there is a feeling that our vibrant attacking play could cause the shaky Real Madrid defenders plenty of headaches in the Ukraine.