By Hayden Boyle- @hayden_boyle
As I sit and write this, Liverpool sit atop the Premier League with three wins from three games played, seven goals scored and a big fat zero goals conceded.
It’s been a fantastic start to Jürgen Klopp’s third full season in charge, the attacking unit are only warming up and the defence seems to be as strong as its been for close to a decade. Progression is obvious and if there is an absence of silverware again this season then it should not determine the future of the Liverpool boss.
Three games in, the pressure is already on for Jürgen and his red men, it seems naïve to talk this way about a season that is still in its infancy yet this is an indicator of the height of the bar that Manchester City have set.
The Premier League champions have looked menacing despite a 1-1 draw against Wolves and this has not swayed my opinion that they are again the team to beat.
Liverpool has seen significant change since the former Borussia Dortmund manager took charge of the club in October 2015. There has been a gradual exodus of players from the Brendan Rodgers and Kenny Dalglish tenures and a slow integration of Klopp’s key targets.
There is quite clearly a better standard of player at Liverpool now and the clubs ability to attract quality footballers across Europe is back thanks to two consecutive Champions League campaigns for the first time in almost a decade.
We have Jürgen to thank for that. Of course Fenway Sports Group are rightly lauded for their shrewd business in appointing the German at the Anfield helm, but it is the former Borussia Dortmund man that is the main draw for talented players across the world.
The 2015/16 season saw a transitioning Liverpool side scrap into an unimpressive eighth position, with the following campaign producing a fourth place finish with the same Champions League spot also sewn up in the 17/18 season.
In between those seasons Liverpool have also reached the final of the League Cup, Europa League and the Champions League, unfortunately tasting defeat on all three occasions.
Jürgen Klopp is in this for the long game. This is the first time since the Rafael Benitez days that fans can actually see a plan being implemented and executed properly over a period of time.
The Rodgers run in the 2013/14 season where a Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool soared to just a few wins away from a first ever Premier League title left most of us with memories we won’t forget in a hurry. But this plan and this team, well it feels different.
We play arguably the most exciting brand of football in Europe, goals come in bunches and the passion bleeds from the players. Consecutive finishes in the top four and a return to Europe’s elite can also not be ignored when judging progress this season.
Despite the obvious improvements at the club over the last 3 seasons, there is a suggestion from many that without a trophy this season Klopp’s tenure hasn’t been successful.
Yes, silverware would be incredibly satisfying – the club hasn’t touched any since the 2012 Carling Cup victory against Cardiff – but to suggest the season cannot be deemed a success without one is wrong.
I hope we win the quadruple this season and our players get sore backs lifting all the trophies available to us, but I will not be drawn into the debate that a season without silverware means we have regressed under Klopp. Let us keep the faith and see where we are at when the dust settles at the end of 18/19.