Relentless. Resolute. Ruthless. With Liverpool coldly dispatching Southampton 4-0 at Anfield, the superlatives that observers of one of the greatest Reds sides ever assembled feel hopelessly inadequate.
The runaway league leaders leant on their world class goalkeeper in Alisson Becker and ice calm defense to weather a first half Southampton onslaught before clinically breaking the visitors down in wave after counterattacking wave in the final 45 minutes.
A first league title in 30 years is secure with the Reds also equaling Manchester City’s record of 20 consecutive home wins. Now the eyes of Liverpool supporters will inevitably turn towards the treble, and tantalizingly, Arsenal’s Invincible season and 49 game unbeaten streak.
Jürgen Klopp and his rampant squad are nevertheless keeping a level head and the German had only positive things to say about their sprightly opponents after the game:
“The readiness to improve in the game and learn from the game [is what we had to do to win],” Klopp said speaking to BBC Sport.
“The set-up of Southampton I could not give more credit to. What a strange result in the end. It’s deserved because we score the goal but what a team.
“They had too many shots on target and we had to change in the second half. That helped massively and when we are rolling it’s difficult to stop.
“Even when it was 4-0 Southampton did not stop and I have so much respect for that.”
The first team now take a much deserved rest across the Premier League winter break as the U23 will contend next Tuesday’s FA Cup replay fixture against Shrewsbury Town.
Also, some appreciation for Ex-Red, Danny Ings. My heart.