Liverpool are doing well. They’re doing really, really well, in fact. They sit second in the league and have made it into the semi-finals of the EFL Cup. Their record this season speaks for itself. They haven’t lost a match since falling to Burnley, way back on August 20th. That means that Liverpool’s victory over Leeds United in the EFL Cup on Tuesday ensured that the team would surpass 101 days since they last lost a game. That’s a full three months — September, October, and November — and some change for Reds’ fans to enjoy.
And of course, Liverpool haven’t been simply not losing, they’ve been winning, and sometimes by a lot. Out of those aforementioned 15 games, only three have been draws. The attacking trio of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané, and Philippe Coutinho have been ripping teams apart, with the help of the bff duo of Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson keeping the gears turning in the midfield. And the season’s best transfer deal may be Joël Matip, who is doing wonders in stabilizing the Liverpool’s historically shaky defense.
And while recent injuries to key players has dampened the mood slightly, it’s undeniable that it feels pretty good being a Liverpool fan at the moment.
Adding to this is the completion of the new main stand, which has added almost 9,000 new voices to the singing, euphoric crowds. Liverpool have played eight games in front of it this season and have yet to lose a single one. They’ve scored 23 goals in those eight games, and have conceded only five. Anfield feels like a fortress again, when not too long ago there was the real sense that teams believed they could nick a win in front of the Kop.
This change in mood is something that Jürgen Klopp understands as well, even if he doesn’t get to enjoy it as much as he’d like.
When asked about the atmosphere at Anfield, the manager said, “I have the same feeling, but it’s difficult to feel it because we’re not too often in the city. Most of the time we’re at the training ground and then at the stadium!
“We want enthusiasm in the stadium. It’s a good moment for LFC, but it’s difficult too because there’s a lot of work to do and a lot of games to play.
“Four weeks ago we had no clean sheets, now we start getting clean sheets but we don’t anymore score six goals in a game and all that stuff. We have problems, we have injuries, we have strong opponents, but we have wonderful people around us, we have a wonderful crowd, a wonderful stadium, wonderful away supporters.
“We go now to Bournemouth – small stadium, but very intense, good team. We are in a good moment until now, but we have to carry on and that’s how it is. We feel good in the moment and we have to carry on. Hopefully it stays like this.”
The games come thick and fast now for the next six weeks or so. Bournemouth looms on Sunday, and we will begin to see how far this squad can stretch as the winter months begin.
Either way, it’s important to stop and recognize that this moment, these last 101 days — give or take a few — have been fun.