Four points clear at the summit of the Premier League table and into the last 16 of the Champions League: the first half of the 2018/19 campaign could not have gone any better.
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.
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.
Many English clubs are splashing out record transfer fees these days, and it is simply the sign of the times when they break their own record to bring in a new talent. It’s a simple reaction to the economics of football that dictates there’s more money sloshing around in the game than ever before.