It looks at the moment that Liverpool’s support is growing by the day. After what has been a superb start of the season – especially when you look at our fixture list compared to our main rivals City, United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham. Most fans would have thought top 8 then build on from there. Looks like the players didn’t read the memo – they clearly thought different!
Former Man United player Rio Ferdinand;
Admitted Liverpool’s ability on the counter attack is enough to unsettle any defence, especially with Philippe Coutinho at the helm.
He tweeted out; “#LFC on the counter attack are a problem for anyone in the league right now. Willing, athletic runners with desire. Orchestrated by Coutinho.” It must have been difficult for an ex-united player to write that!!
Former Liverpool star Luis Garcia;
Insists Coutinho is one of the most exciting players to watch in the Premier League.
“To have these kinds of players in England is very important for the league, it’s one of the best leagues in the world and it will continue to be with this type of player.”
“The most important thing is the goals that the team are scoring; it was a lack of goals in the last few years that the team needed to improve on.
“I think the manager has done an unbelievable job since the very beginning, the players have fitted very well together, and the new players are doing fantastic work.
The Times’ sports writer Alyson Rudd;
Alyson states that Klopp seems to have this ability; It’s one thing to say publicly ‘I want the players to enjoy themselves’, but he’s somehow managed to make the players feel that as well. They do seem to play as if they’re not in a title race, as if there’s no expectation they’re playing for the mighty Liverpool. That is one hell of a trick if you can pull it off, this sense of freedom. He’s got an incredible personality, it’s seeping out of him and onto them.
The Sun’s Antony Kastrinakis;
Jurgen Klopp has formed the best Liverpool team since Roy Evans was in charge, according to the Sunday Supplement panel.
“Liverpool are now unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions and are the joint-highest scorers in the top flight with Manchester City, prompting comparisons with Evans’ Liverpool side, which was regarded as one of the most entertaining teams of the 1990s.”
Difficult to play against
BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson;
“I would argue that Liverpool are the best team in the Premier League at the moment.” he then added: “That changes over the course of the season for various reasons, as we know, but right now they are seriously difficult to play against and I think the other clubs are looking at them and thinking, ‘crikey’.”
Defeating lesser opposition
Liverpool’s Achilles heel has so often been defeating lesser opposition – something Thompson firmly believes “demoralises the team”.
The Reds have always managed to raise their game against top-four rivals, but performances must be consistent against those they are expected to beat.
The early signs are good, barring the loss at Burnley, with Hull City, Swansea City, West Brom and Crystal Palace all dispatched of.
“This [the forward line] is the big difference between Liverpool being big contenders for the Premier League this year,” he told Sky Sports. “They have options up front and they will score goals for fun every week.”
“Liverpool look like they’re a team who can win the league,” he told BT Sport.
“The attacking quality they’re showing at the minute, they look like they’re going to score goals against anybody. I hope they don’t win the league!”
‘I love what they have going forward,’ said ex-United striker Cole. ‘I think in attack they are sexy. The goals can come from all over the park. That is what I do like. Klopp bringing in Sadio Mane… I think (Daniel) Sturridge is England’s best centre forward, when you have got players like that you are going to score goals, you are going to create goals.
‘Are they a title threat? Yes I think they are because Klopp has got them playing with so much energy now.”
No European Football
“They’ve got a great chance of the title this year. They’re not involved in Europe so they’ve got a clear run at it,”
“Quite a few of the other clubs are going to be bogged down with European games. The last time Liverpool weren’t in Europe and had a squad that was this good, Brendan came very close.”
Robert Lewandowski told Goal.com: “Under Klopp I think they will be fighting for the title this season.
“Without European football it can really help them with being fresh for games and with injuries and, even though Klopp is always smiling, he is ruthless enough to take advantage of that.”
Writing in the Telegraph, Giggs said: “During that final against Sevilla, it occurred to me that if Liverpool had this season without the draining effect of European football, and had recruited well in the summer, then they would have a real chance of challenging for the Premier League.
“With a year at the club, Klopp would be better suited to the demands of the English game, his players would be well adapted to his way of playing and they would have no mid-week distraction from the task at the weekend.
“Liverpool have put themselves in contention this year.”
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