In the eyes of many, Roberto Firmino is this Liverpool team. It’s his pressing from the front, his intricate link-up play, that drives everything in this side. He embodies Klopp’s football.
He seems to embody the attitude off the pitch as well, believing Liverpool have exactly the right attitude to do great things this season.
“I think this team is stronger than last year,” The Mirror report Firmino as saying. “When I look around, I see the strongest team.
“Winning the Champions League last season helped us because it showed our level – and this year I would say we have improved even more. I have very positive feelings about the season.
“It would show once again that we believe this is going to be our year in the Premier League. This year is our time,” the Brazilian exclaimed.
“But we have to be careful. In this moment we are the leaders and we are playing well. But we haven’t won anything yet. So, we are optimistic, yes - but you have to continue working game by game
“Thinking ahead is just not worth it. I learned long ago that in England, anything can happen. Just dropping two or three points can leave you missing out on the title.”
“They are complicated matches we face,” he added in terms of the fixtures to come in the next months.
“If we overcome them, then the way ahead will be even clearer for us. But what we learned last season, which I have already lived many times, is that in this league the last match of the campaign can still end up defining everything.
“My hope is that we can be Premier League champions a few days before that. But you have to be ready to go to the end.
“Personally, I prefer to be top and to lead from the front than having to chase your rival. So I am happy where we are right now.”
“The good news is that this Liverpool team is super professional. We know what is required of us and the pressure we are exposed to.
“That is important because there is a lot of the season still to go, even though we have started so well.”
He’s right, of course. It’s a long season still to go. But Liverpool are putting themselves in the right place.