Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has left himself open to being proven wrong by his own squad this season in his programme notes for today’s match against Brentford. The Reds started the season in good form, but they’ve been below par in back-to-back matches against Luton and Toulouse.
Liverpool still have a chance to go top of the table today, albeit briefly with Manchester City also in action later, if they beat Brentford convincingly. It’s already a marked improvement from where Liverpool were at this point last season as they were already 10 points adrift of the league leaders at this stage.
Things only went from bad to worse for Klopp’s side as they failed to finish inside the top four. Liverpool reacted by undergoing a complete overhaul of the midfield department with five leaving and four new arrivals.
Klopp has tried to temper expectations on his new-look Liverpool side, insisting they’re not “perfect” and that this team is a “work-in-progress”. But Liverpool’s players won’t see it that way and will hope they can challenge for silverware immediately this campaign.
A win over Brentford before the international break could be huge for them in keeping the pressure on the likes of Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal. And the Liverpool squad can show that they’re ready to step up to the challenge set by Klopp.
The Liverpool boss wrote in today’s programme: “I keep on saying that the team we have now is a team to be loved but it is worth repeating. This does not mean that it is perfect because it is not. But it is a team full of personality, desire, talent and quality. There is so much to like.
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“Again, though, we are still looking to become more stable and this is very much a work-in-progress.
“The work we are doing on the training ground at AXA and also in the games themselves will help us of course, but we are still in the early stages of a journey that is never easy so it makes sense that we keep on using every single second to accelerate our development.
“We have made a good start to the season, although it could also have been better, and this is something which pleases me a lot because it shows that we are capable of getting results even during a period of building. Now it is about taking the next steps and this is something that excites me because it is clear that there is so much potential.”
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