There's no question that new manager Jürgen Klopp has, in just a month at his new club, changed Liverpool for the better. After more than a year marked by dull football and middling results, of players looking tired and out of ideas, the changes wrought by the German in a few short weeks have been nothing short of miraculous.
The best performances and results, though, have come on the road. A pair of demolition jobs against moneybags Chelsea and Manchester City; a tense and well earned three points in difficult conditions in Russia; a promising, pressing first performances against Tottenham. On the road, Liverpool have looked great. At home, there's still work to be done.
"I would love to win a game like this at Anfield," said Klopp following Saturday's victory. "That's our next challenge. We now play Bordeaux and then Swansea, and at this moment I don't know enough about Swansea. If they saw our game against Crystal Palace maybe they will stay with 50 people deep in the space and shoot only long balls."
The manager is confident that he can come up with solutions, and that by the time Swansea arrive at Anfield he will know how to approach the match. The question then becomes whether the players' newfound confidence will allow them to execute, something the home fans can help with by getting behind them like the travelling Kop has.
"We have to find a solution," said the manager. "And we will have a solution. But then we have to score goals in the right moments. On and on. Development. We need results like this, we need performances like this, so that we start believing in ourselves. Now we have more confidence. Everybody could see it. We are not satisfied, though."
Liverpool's improvement under Klopp has been stunning, and with it continuing against City following the November international break it's clear it's not just a case of the new manager bump. There are real, tangible improvements on display; a new mode of play and a newfound belief on display. And there's still room for improvement.
It's a thought that should make Liverpool fans downright giddy—and fans of other clubs around the Premier League more than a touch nervous.