Liverpool’s return to club football after the international break on Saturday was a success when they grabbed a 2-0 victory in the season’s first Merseyside Derby. This victory puts them in fourth place after nine games, three points behind first placed Tottenham. (Don’t talk about it, Steph. Don’t talk about it. Take a deep breath.)
Jürgen Klopp’s new-look Liverpool have had a decent, if inconsistent, start. Alisson Becker has been between the sticks for every league game this season. Though they’ve won six of their first nine matches, they’ve only managed to keep clean sheets in two of those games. Red cards, comebacks, and VAR mistakes have all helped shape this weird season so far.
When asked about the way that the team has come together so far, Alisson is positive, but he admits that they still have some ways to go.
“I think we are in a good way but we are just at the beginning of it,” said Alisson. “Time-wise we are only three months from the start of the rebuilding of this team and this is a really short time to say we’ve reached our highest level.
“So I think we have so many spaces for improvement, but that doesn’t mean the team is bad - it’s the opposite. We are doing really well in games and doing really good things, but I think we are lacking consistency so far. We have to improve to get more of it and defensively we can improve more. Consistency means we have to play the full game doing the good stuff defensive-wise and offensive-wise.”
Experience and practice should breed consistency, so hopefully as we get into the hard winter season, the Reds will just be hitting their stride and finding their best form.