Can’t stop, won’t stop. Liverpool Football Club, 2019-20. Such has been the feeling at least, the steely, determined mood amongst the players that has percolated down from manager Jürgen Klopp and the coaching staff as the weeks have passed by.
Having dispatched West Ham, they’ve now beaten every team in the league, playing their game in hand and going a full 19 points clear of Manchester City. But if you thought anyone would be in a celebratory mood, you haven’t been paying attention.
“We always said, and we are always saying, we are focused on the next challenge and the next game,” was goalkeeper Alisson’s reaction following Wednesday’s 2-0 victory. “We are already focused on the next game that we have on Saturday.”
It’s been the mindset of the entire club, seemingly, since a loss to City last winter led to them missing out on their first title of the Premier League era when they finished just a single point—and a few goals in the goal differential column—to City.
The West Ham match, then, is done. Never mind the gap or the points total or the potential records that appear set to fall to this irresistible Red crushing machine. All that matters is the next match. All that matters is being at their best against Southampton.
“The next challenge is the most important of the season,” he added. “We’ll try to do our best to win everything. We know our qualities and we know how far we can go but if we do big performances on the pitch. You cannot stop. You need to keep going.”