Jurgen Klopp’s side has seized the early initiative in the Premier League with four successive wins to open up a two-point lead over second-placed Manchester City.
The European champions’ relentless tempo has overwhelmed Norwich, Southampton, Arsenal and Burnley, sending a message that they are determined to make amends for narrowly failing to pip City to the trophy last season.
Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos is new to English football after joining on loan from Real Madrid and the Spain midfielder admitted to being gob-smacked at the intensity Liverpool displayed in their 3-1 victory against the Gunners in August.
“I had never seen anything like it. I’ve not seen up until now a team that plays better, that presses better. That game had quite an impact on me,” Ceballos told. They suck the air out of you. You spend so much time defending and when you want to catch your breath and get on the ball for a bit, they’ve taken it from you again. I think Jurgen Klopp now has the team he first had in mind when he started four years ago.”
That glowing testimony underlines the size of the task facing City as they try to stop Liverpool winning their first English crown since 1990.
The city may have won the last two Premier League titles in scintillating fashion, but Liverpool look better than ever this term and Newcastle are unlikely to halt their progress at Anfield this weekend.
With City playing Norwich in Saturday’s late game, the champions could be five points behind Liverpool by the time they kick-off at Carrow Road.
Pep Guardiola’s team are unbeaten and have already thrashed West Ham and Brighton, but their lone slip – a draw against Tottenham – allowed Liverpool to seize pole position and they can’t afford another against second-bottom Norwich.
Across Manchester, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United can only dream of gate-crashing the title race after a disappointing start showed how far they have fallen off the pace.