Twelve points from the first four matches. Liverpool are the only team in the Premier League who have taken maximum points from that opening run of games. Now, with the international break coming to a close, the focus returns to domestic and Champions League adventures.
Another stretch of fixtures awaits, starting with Newcastle United on Saturday, followed quickly by Napoli on Tuesday. We’re getting into the thick of it now. Alisson’s return can’t come soon enough but that’s a separate matter. Adrian can do the job, especially if he stays calm and listens to Virgil Van Dijk.
Van Dijk recently took the opportunity to bang the Liverpool drum ahead of the next batch of battles.
”There are seven games before the next international break,” said Van Dijk. “We want to win any match, and so seven wins is the target. That’s what we have to try and do.
”It is very hard to say whether the same points total as last season would be enough this time. If you win your games, that is the only way to think.
”We know exactly how good Manchester City will be in the Premier League again this season.
”But there are also the other competitions where we can look to have success. The next few weeks we will be playing Saturday/midweek almost all the time.
“And there are some tough games. We have Chelsea away, and Napoli away in Europe. The League Cup is never easy.
”So we know how tough it is going to be, both this next period and the rest of the season. But we have the mentality and the players to win every game ahead of us.”
Van Dijk returns to Melwood on the heels of continued success with The Netherlands who won both of their European qualifiers. Wijnaldum was there, too. Confidence is high.
In addition to Newcastle (H) and Napoli (A), the other five opponents Liverpool will meet are Chelsea (A), MK Dons (A), Sheffield United (A), RB Salzburg (H), and Leicester City (H). I’d says four out of that seven should be tough games. Two could be tricky. And one is Newcastle.
Is. It. Saturday. Yet?