We are 26 games into the Premier League season and there are 25 points between champions elect Liverpool and one of the greatest collection of footballing talent in history led by one of its all-time managers in Manchester City and Pep Guardiola. Read that again and let it sink in.
Even the most irrational Liverpool supporter would’ve laughed in your face if you had predicted such a surreal scenario at the start of the season. And yet, watching Liverpool overcome a storm as well as a considerable amount of rust to somehow find yet another way to win in a hard-fought 1-0 win over Norwich City, it is almost impossible to imagine how this team could not be 25 points ahead.
Even so, it is a lead that bogles the mind of even the Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp:
“The gap is so insane, I don’t really understand it,” he said speaking to Sky Sports. “I’m not smart enough. I’ve not had that before. It’s outstanding, it’s so difficult.”
“I go back into the changing room and we chat about the things and then I’m like oh, but congratulations. We won the game, another three points.”
The Reds struggled for much of the match in the windy weather conditions brought about by Storm Dennis. However, the second half introduction of Sadio Mané on his return from injury changed the game late on, with the Senegalese attacker scoring the winning goal to make it an astounding 25 wins from 26 matches for the Reds, earning the adulation of their manager.
“It was a difficult game for different reasons,” Klopp continued. “The wind, the organization of the opponent and the way we played first half made it tricky for us.
“The distance between the line was too big, too early with the long ball, no second player around to collect the second ball. It was not exactly like we wanted to do.
“Fabinho coming on was very important for the organization. Sadio was fresh and he helped us to win the game, which was outstanding. I have to watch the goal back but I’m pretty sure it was a fantastic finish.
The German was in awe of the team’s resilience in the face of adversity, living up to the mentality monster label they have become renown for
“I could tell in all the players faces that they weren’t nervous, they were enjoying it, and if one team was going to score it was going to be us.
“We protected against the counterattack well too. It’s really all about these wonderful football players.