Liverpool are top of the league, 25 points clear. They’re a force in Europe again. It feels almost natural, almost normal and expected, given the quality of the players in the squad and what they’ve shown they can do under manager Jürgen Klopp.
Go back just a few short years, though, and few on the outside at least would have felt especially comfortable saying that this is where this group, this team, would end up. In short, they’ve come a long way thanks to hard work and determination.
“The progression we’ve made over the last three or four years and the strides we’ve made from being where we were to where we are now, it is massive,” local talent and best right back in the world Trent Alexander-Arnold told the club’s website this week.
“As a player, an individual and as a team, the progression we’ve all made is astonishing really. Obviously the manager is a big part of that, and the staff and everyone—the whole club has come on leaps and bounds. It’s something to be proud of.”
Proud of, but not complacent. Having come as far as they have, having won the Champions League and now on the cusp of officially securing the Premier League, this is a group that wants to get even better and win even more in the years to come.
“Over the lockdown it was a good chance to know that we’ve still got a lot of potential to unlock and we can still get better, which is what we strive to do,” he added. “Thinking about what we’ve achieved motivates us to go and do those things again.”