The 2016-17 Premier League season is nine games gone, one half shy of the quarter mark, and Liverpool stand level first on points with 20, the same tally as Manchester City and Arsenal. Their 20 goals scored in those nine games is also top, a number matched by only City. There’s still room to improve, though.
“It’s very important to get better,” manager Jürgen Klopp said today when asked about Liverpool strong start to the season, one that has them amongst the early title contenders. “Nothing that we have done until now is close to 100% for us. Nothing is. We have to improve to get closer to this 100%.
“There is a lot of things for us to do better. In most games we’ve been good enough to win and sometimes a bit better, but nobody feels in the dressing room that it is not possible to play better. We can defend better. We can attack better. We can create better. We can have better balance. There are a lot of things to improve.”
The main place Liverpool appear to be trailing is defence. Nobody has scored more, but their 11 goals against are worst in the top six and have them behind City and Arsenal on goal differential. Improve that, and the whispers about Liverpool being positioned to challenge for the title will grow into something more.
“It’s normal in football when you are in a good position people starting talking a little bit more positive,” Klopp added. “I don’t see too much what everybody is saying about us, but of course I recognise the mood. It’s good, but we’re still in October. There’s a long way to go so there is nothing to say about this.
“Hopefully you can ask these questions for the whole season because then everything is good, but I am not interested right now. That’s how it is. It’s good, until now—not more, but good. Let’s carry on.”