Whatever happens throughout the rest of this season, whatever agonies and ecstasy lies ahead, Liverpool fans from all over the world would be well advised not to take their eyes off of it. It promises to be quite a ride. Many football fans around the world are eager to vote and bet on their best teams of the season with free bets. Drink it up, enjoy it to the fullest. Football is supposed to be enjoyable, and Jurgen Klopp has made the Liverpool the most enjoyable team around. “Perfect,” was how Klopp described his side’s fourth goal, scored by Daniel Sturridge, against Stoke last on December 27. It was also the 100th goal Liverpool have netted in the Premier League since the German’s arrival last October. It’s taken them 48 games. In such a grueling, competitive league, that is some going.
Premier League defences may not be much to write about right now, but the coach Klopp and his team are laying waste to them. They’ve scored 86 goals in the calendar year – more than any other side in the. But, you should bear this in mind too – Stoke was the seventh time this season that Liverpool have scored four or more in a game. Seven times in 22 matches.
Klopp regularly talks about his players being a little ‘greedy’ and they are certainly like that when it comes to goal scoring. And what is perhaps just as impressive is that they are not reliant upon any one individual to carry the burden. Their threat comes from all players. Sturridge, for example, has been responsible for just seven of the 100. Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi and Adam Lallana have all reached double figures, yet none has more than 16. Collective responsibility rules the roost at Anfield. Sure, we can appreciate Coutinho’s phenomenal skills or Firmino’s slippery excellence. We can marvel at Lallana’s emergence as England’s finest footballer, or at the game-changing speed of Sadio Mane.
However, the real star of this team IS the team. Klopp’s has built a really good one. “Confidence is not an issue with this team,” the German said following the Stoke game. Pep Guardiola and Manchester City are in town at the weekend; they’d take a point if you offered it now. It would be easy for Liverpudlians to get hung up on the league table, to see Chelsea’s wondrous winning run and ask whether anything will be able to stop the Londoners. Six points is a significant gap, even if we are not yet at the halfway stage of the campaign, and Antonio Conte’s team have an ominous look about them.
But West London is not Klopp’s concern, Anfield is. And things at Anfield are in a quite a good shape. Liverpool hasn’t lost at home in 23 games, a run which stretches back to January. Do you remember Klopp writing the word ‘TERRIBLE’ on a board at Melwood during one of his first team meetings at Melwood? That was, he said, how he wanted opponents to feel after 90 minutes against his team. Fourteen months on, job done. You might beat Liverpool, or hold them, but you’ll do well to outplay them.
So while Kopite thoughts will at some point drift inevitably towards the future, and what might be to come, don’t forget to take in the moment first. It’s not often that supporters get to watch a team playing such consistently good, consistently great football. Whatever you do, make sure not to take it for granted. Liverpool may well finish this season empty handed. The luck may leave their side or injuries may disrupt them. Their weaknesses may prove too much, or they may run into an opponent that is just that bit better. That’s all football. You can try many times and you can be brilliant and organized and confident and super-fit and you can fall short. But what’s clear is that watching Liverpool try in 2017 will be a privilege, and one that should be enjoyed. Don’t forget to do so, whatever you do.