Liverpool have so far faced down a tough October well, remaining at the top of the Premier League table despite losing points against Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Manager Jürgen Klopp knows that the test isn’t nearly over though, and has warned that his players can’t stop to daydream about raising league trophies when there’s work to do.
“No, I don’t dream about the league title,” he said. “I didn’t dream of the Champions League final and we won that!
”But we are working on it. We are in a better position than we probably would have expected before the start of the season. Are we already through? No. That’s it. What we have created so far is a proper basis, and that’s what we have to work with. The hardest period ever will come again, November, December, crazy the games we play.
”We need to be lucky in some moments, we don’t have influence on everything, but what we can influence is a specific performance in a specific game. That’s what we try to do. We have to fight for it. There are no guarantees. It’s allowed for everybody else to dream, but somebody has to work.”
November sees the Reds finally take on their rivals Manchester City at Anfield, a fixture which, just like last season, has the potential to decide both teams’ fates. The festive period is always a difficult time for tired legs, but this season Klopp has to balance a trip to Qatar for the Club World Cup in the midst of the usual onslaught of games.
Liverpool’s next big match comes this Sunday when they invite Spurs to Anfield for the marquee game of the week.