Just as Jürgen Klopp begins to let us down easy about how maybe Liverpool don’t really need the centre-backs that we’ve all been in agreement about needing, former Red, Steven Gerrard, swoops in and tries to get our hopes back up again. The Liverpool academy coach spoke to BT Sport this weekend about the upcoming season.
"There is still time, three weeks to go,” Gerrard said, when asked about Liverpool’s troubles in the transfer market. Klopp had been clear he wanted to sign Virgil van Dijk and Naby Keïta in the summer, but the club’s pursuits have been frustrated so far.
Gerrard wants us to remember that in Klopp we trust.
"Last year, against the top six [Liverpool] were excellent and had a very good record,” he said. “In pre-season, they have looked very strong and with three weeks to go in the window, I wouldn't be surprised if Jürgen has got a couple of cards up his sleeve.”
"He might bring a couple of big signings in."
A few big signings couldn’t come sooner, especially as the tighter-than-fans-would-like squad is already struggling with injuries before the season’s begun.
"Adam Lallana's injury is a huge blow, because he was a player in great form and confidence," Gerrard added. "But Mohamed Salah is coming in, Sadio Mané back fit and hopefully Philippe Coutinho will stay.
"Liverpool look really dangerous on the counter. If they can learn how to break teams down at home and defend a bit better, I think they are a force."
Thus spoke Gerrard, and we must hope he spoke the truth because the alternative may involve yet another Christmas collapse.