Don't worry, I'll enjoy it all the way to May. Hopefully at some point some of those who are slitting their wrists right now can learn to enjoy the success of Liverpool Football Club as well.
because all the symptoms that we still haven't found a solution to our problems are there despite the very good number of points collected in such circumstances.
Well we have found a solution of sorts because we've turned two games on their head, coming from behind to claim all three points and done it both times with ten men. Rather than showing no fight, no passion, no desire, we've actually won those games. Only once in 2023, before this season, had we won from a losing position. Twice in two games already this year. That's finding a solution to a problem. Now, ideally, we'd find a solution to going behind in the first place.
I'm personally very happy with our start to the season, but there's a difference between being happy and being blind.
I'm not being blind. I know we're short in certain areas of the squad, I know we're struggling in certain areas on the pitch, I know we're unlikely to achieve what I think we will. But you know what, so F***ing what. It does no good to anyone in the club to be crying and moaning about what we haven't got and instead support what we have. But too many don't want to do that, they'd rather cry like self-entitled cu*ts and then when we do actually have success they disappear - hence the post-match thread after Newcastle. People all game whinging about how we need this, we need that, we need the other and then suddenly we take three points and they don't once post in that thread.
Sure we have our resident ''FSG Out'' members on here that regularly bring back everything to FSG, but its also not a reason to take the diametral opposite stance and refuse any criticism of how the club has been conducting its business.
Again, I'm not refusing any criticism of how the club has conducted it's business. I think we've been poor in the transfer window on the whole. The business with Caicedo and Lavia was comical and if it was any other club then I'm sure I'd be laughing at them. But it isn't, it's Liverpool. It's my club. And I don't take every opportunity available to slag my club off. As I said in the post above, it does no good crying about what we haven't got. Instead, I'll support what we have. It may not be ideal, it may not be as much as I'd like us to have signed this summer but it is what it is so I'll support the club.
If we were this perfect we'd be the ones winning the league season after season and we'd certainly had not crashed the way we did last season.
We haven't been perfect for the last 12 months, though this time last year we were coming off the back of just about missing out on the quadruple by two poxy games. That's as close to perfect as you can get without being perfect. Last season was a poor showing from top to bottom and it's not one that I'll sit back and remember fondly. But like every other year in our past, it's in the past. We're in the today. And so far this season, it hasn't been anywhere near as bad as those wrist slitters were saying it would be before a ball had been kicked.
Ever since De Zerbi broke our press last season in the 3-3 draw and subsequent 3-0 loss we still haven't found a way to impose said press on teams that employ De Zerbi's tactics or similar ones to it against us (which is the majority of the league at this point).
But we're 14 games unbeaten in the League. So whatever tactic we're coming up against recently, we seemed to have found a way to pick up points. 14 games isn't down to luck.
The three games we played had huge warning lights on about this as we struggle to impose our press and also struggle to recover the ball once its lost, hence the possession numbers we saw against Chelsea and Newcastle.
But we took four points from those games. So again, whether we're struggling to impose ourselves the way we once did or not, we're currently finding a way to get the result and ultimately that's the most important thing in football. It's a results business. And so far this season, only one club has a better points return than us. Of course over the entire season that could change drastically. But despite the Mystic Megs amongst us, nobody knows how the season will play out. So instead of crying what might happen, let's focus on what has - and what has is we've taken 7 points from a possible 9, when a lot of people said we'd be lucky to get anything from Stamford Bridge or St James' Park.
Part of this is on Klopp as he has to reinvent himself and his system in order to give the team a solution to the way teams have been approaching us recently
And he is trying to do just that. He's 14 games without defeat in the League, which coincides with the change of role for Trent. He's trying to find a solution and 14 games unbeaten suggests that somewhere along the line he has found some sort of solution. Of course there's still problems but our solutions are currently outperforming the problems in my opinion. 7 points from 9 would back that up.
but part of it is also attributable to the lack of quality being brought in certain key positions.
Or rather the percieved lack of quality. People thought bringing in Gakpo was a lack of quality because he didn't hit the ground running but it soon proved that actually he can have a pivotal role in our attack. People thought Nunez was a lack of quality because he wasn't a clinical finisher from the word go and missed too many chances but he ended up as our second top scorer last year behind Salah and has started this season with two goals in three games. So before we start talking about a lack of quality brought in, let's actually wait and see if they do lack the quality that people say.
The DM is an example as we need someone who can tackle and run for days all while being strong on the ground and the air (minimum requirements)
And we might have that in Endo. While he hasn't set the world alight in two outtings (bare that in mind, two) he's only just arrived and there's a list as long as your arm for people who haven't shone instantly in this Liverpool side and have gone on to achieve greatness. But nah, instead let's just write the lad off because it suits the slit the wrist brigade.
we also need someone who is as solid as Konate is on that right side to play the LCB position.
So you say. But as I've said all summer long (cue some Kid Rock), what we say we need doesn't actually mean it's what Jürgen thinks we need. And the chances are that Jürgen sees no need to replace Van Dijk any time soon - whether that's right or wrong is up for debate and I've said that I think Virgil has been on decline for a long time now. But as far as I can tell, Jürgen is not planning on finding anybody to replace our number 4 as of right now, even with the suspension. Not because he hasn't got the financial muscle to find a replacement but because he doesn't want to find a replacement right now as he is happy with Van Dijk. That could be bollocks, as could this entire post because I don't know what Jürgen is thinking deep down but that's how it looks from the outside.
Those two areas are not helping Klopp.
But they've helped us to go 14 games unbeaten. They've helped us turn two losing positions into winning ones already this season. They've put us within touching distance of City, albeit after just three games. They've got us in the be all and end all of modern football of fourth place, albeit after just three games. For all the faults that we've supposedly got, and I think we've got a lot more than most believe me, something is working. And the longer it continues to work, the happier I will be. I don't think I can say that for some on here.