Three games, three wins, three clean sheets. Liverpool’s start to the season, combined with the quality of their additions in the summer transfer window, has only served to cement the idea that the Reds are Manchester City’s main threat this season.
Despite what rival fans often claim about Liverpool supporters repeatedly saying “this is our year”, no fan in their right mind has predicted a title challenge since perhaps the summer of 2008, when Rafa Benitez’s side went on to finish second and lost just twice that season.
The other time Liverpool finished second in recent times, 2013/14, they won their opening three games but were relatively off the pace until the latter half of the season when 11 wins in a row catapulted them into contention. It was a stoppage-time win at Fulham in February when Reds fans actually started to think they could genuinely challenge.
This season, Jurgen Klopp’s third full campaign in charge at Anfield, already feels different. Unlike 2013/14, when it was only in the latter stages where each game felt like a cup final, it seems that every match now is already viewed as such. Whether Liverpool really can push Manchester City all the way, and therefore end their 29-year wait for a league title, will depend on several key factors.