Liverpool have won six of the last seven matches, their only blemish a loss to Crystal Palace where the Reds outplayed their opponents and were unlucky to not even earn a point. It's a run that follows three draws to kick off the Jürgen Klopp era at Anfield. It's a stunningly quick turnaround for a side that struggled massively to start the season.
In the span of six weeks, Liverpool have gone from hoping for a result to expecting it, and regardless of who they're facing—whether it's Chelsea or Manchester City or Bournemouth or Swansea—it's been Liverpool who have consistently looked the better side. The performances haven't been perfect, but Liverpool have looked a changed side under Klopp.
"Maybe I should but I don't," said the new manager when asked if he feels his side have built up momentum with their recent run of form. "We play again on Wednesday, which is part of the problem. I'd like to feel better, to say let's have three days off celebrating and things like this, but we don't have time. We have to analyse our game now for Southampton."
While most of Europe's leagues wind things down over the holidays, in England it's the busiest time of the year with league, cup, and European commitments for the top sides and no winter break. If Liverpool can advance in the Capital One Cup, they will then head into January with games to play in two domestic cup competitions as they join the FA Cup.
It's a busy stretch that leaves little room for reflection and celebration. The good news for Liverpool, though, is that their injury list is clearing, which should give Klopp plenty of options to rest and rotate over the next month or two. And despite the difficulties, if the team can continue their current good form, those positive results can snowball quickly.
"It's really difficult, but we feel good of course," added Klopp. "The boys feel good. Alberto Moreno had 20 knocks on his body and was limping from the pitch and in the dressing room we ask him where the pain is and he said, ‘everywhere.' That's how it feels at the moment, but we will be ready for Southampton."