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Klopp Urges Caution and Improvement After Hot Start

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Klopp says his team aren’t getting complacent after their excellent start to the season.

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Despite the constant state of fear and general pessimism of the normal Liverpool fan, it’s hard not to get excited about the Reds after their blistering start to the season. They currently sit fourth on the table - a feat that means absolutely nothing at this point - having dispatched Chelsea, Leicester, and Arsenal on the way.

Manager Jürgen Klopp was quick to tamp down on expectations and maintain that while they’ve enjoyed some early success, nothing has been won and there’s still work to be done.

"It’s obvious that we have to improve because in each game when we analyze we find a lot of things that we could have done better," he said.

"We know it’s a results game and you need to get the results but, when you got them, it's not that you can stop thinking about it. It's not that you celebrate the whole week until the next game. That's the kind of attitude we created together.

"It's much too early in the season to be satisfied with anything, it's [just] what we had to do until now.

"I don't want to push the brake or something [but] that’s the reality - our reality is the next opponent and to be ready for the next opponent. We had a few good moments in the games, that's right, but nothing else happened actually."

That certainly true, and heaven knows that if Liverpool have another stinker against Swansea on Saturday like they did earlier this season against Burnley, then the sky will be falling again. This is particularly true given that this will be the last game before the international break and the last before Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield.

Football is a results game, and so the typical season is a rollercoaster of extreme emotions for fans, depending on the most recent match result. It’s comforting, then, to know that the manager is taking a more even-keeled and long-term approach.

"That's what we have to do, we have to use the skills of the players,” Klopp continued. “How you know from different moments we had together, it's quite easy for me to be happy with good things and I'm very optimistic about a lot of things.

"But in this moment, it's wrong to talk too much about the games we’ve already played. In this part of the season, you create a base for the rest of the season, and last year the base of points was not that good so we could never come close enough to the interesting places in the table.

"But this year, we have a job to do because Christmas will come, the second part of the season will come, all that stuff.”

‘All that stuff’, indeed, starting with Swansea on Saturday and moving on from there for the next eight months.