Alan Shearer believes that Liverpool’s players won’t be feeling the same pressure in their Premier League title bid this campaign as last year and feels that’s the biggest difference for them.
Jurgen Klopp’s team ended up as runners-up last season in the Premier League with 97 points and watched Manchester City pip them to the tile by a single point.
They are the two teams expected to pull clear again this season and they occupy the top spots after the opening eight league matches.
But the Merseyside club have an outstanding 100 per cent win record so far to storm to 24 points, while second-placed Manchester City are already eight points adrift of them.
Liverpool surrendered a seven-point lead at the top last year, but pundit Shearer feels the momentum is different this time around and they are in a much stronger position.
“The Reds have been here before, of course, and they did not exactly thrive when they were frontrunners last season,” Shearer told BBC Sport.
“That experience will help them. But the real difference now is that, for the first time, they have a proper cushion at the top. Last season, the biggest lead they had over City when both sides had played the same number of games was seven points, and even that only lasted for four days at the turn of the year.
“From then on, they were under almost constant pressure in one of the tightest title races I can remember – but with the way the table looks now, the Liverpool players won’t be feeling the same way.
“Of course, they still have to handle being top, but they go into the international break with the biggest lead any Premier League team have had after eight games, and they fully deserve it.”
It’s still far too early in the season to think Liverpool are overwhelming favourites for the league title, but they are in a brilliant position and they every right to be confident.
Klopp’s team don’t look like being beaten at the moment and a stoppage time winner against Leicester City at the weekend was a huge lift for the team going into the international break.
Meanwhile, Manchester City were beaten at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers and there poor defence is costing them.
Liverpool do face Manchester United and Tottenham after the international break, so if they come through those matches unscathed it will leave Manchester City fearful of losing their crown.