Much was made of Liverpool’s transfer window during the summer months, with the high profile arrivals of Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho, and Xherdan Shaqiri strengthening an already formidable squad.
Yet, despite all the hype, many observers still had Manchester City as title favourites, and for good reason. The defending champions won the league by a landslide last year and showed no signs of letting up this time around.
But in Liverpool’s first three Premier League matches, the Reds revealed they have the credentials to challenge for the title and can give Manchester City a run for their money come May.
Liverpool gained a perfect nine points from their opening games, and perhaps more impressively than their three wins, they proved they can win in any situation.
A 4-0 thrashing of West Ham United was a perfect example of the offensive flair and firepower the Reds can bring to the table, with their front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino running riot. Results like this defined Liverpool’s season last year, as Jurgen Klopp’s men earned a reputation for an exciting, high-scoring attack.
But the next two results were more important in determining Liverpool’s title credentials. The gutsy 2-0 away win at Crystal Palace was followed by a narrow 1-0 home triumph over Brighton.
Two games were the Reds had to grind out wins, but eventually emerged unscathed without conceding a single goal. Alisson was stunning in goal, granting Liverpool a taste of what top-class goalkeeping is like.
Three matches, seven goals, three clean sheets. Top of the table and crucially ahead of Manchester City after the Citizens drew against Wolves, it is looking promising early on for Liverpool.
Undoubtedly it is still early days, and with 35 matches to go it would be foolish to make any long-lasting predictions.
But initial indications suggest this year’s Liverpool side are different than those of the past, and could be the first to bring home a title in the Premier League era.