With only 13 games of the Premier League season completed, Loris Karius believes he and his teammates need to stay grounded in the face of a potential title challenge.
When the 2016/17 Premier League season began, unless you were a Liverpool supporter, you probably had no expectation of Liverpool playing mesmerising attacking football and topping the table. While it may only be November, there is a lot to be excited about from a Liverpool perspective.
It is, however, wise to stay grounded in times like these and new goalkeeper Loris Karius believes he and his teammates have a lot to go through before being named as league champions.
“It still feels like it’s a very long way away. There are a lot of games to play. We can’t look that far ahead,” Karius told Liverpool’s website.
“Of course it feels good for the whole team when you look at the table every week and you stay up there.
“I think this season is going to be very close. There are very good teams at the top so we need to focus and keep on going.
“The clean sheets are a good feeling for everyone. We are staying concentrated for the full 90 minutes. I wouldn’t mind a third in a row next weekend.”
Jurgen Klopp’s refusal to get carried away seems to be rubbing off on his players as more and more of the lads seem indifferent to being so high up the league. The fact of the matter is that there are still 25 games to play this season and a lot can happen between now and May.
So, as the old football cliché goes, Klopp and his team will be taking things one game at a time. Next up in the league is a long trip to Bournemouth and Liverpool will be very keen to continue their unbeaten run but will have to be focused in order to deal with an energetic and pacy team which is excellently managed by Eddie Howe.
Karius and the rest of the Liverpool back five will also be keen to get another clean sheet after Sunderland marked the second successive league shutout. Keeping a tight defence might be the way Liverpool copes without Philippe Coutinho in his injury-enforced absence.
Adam Lallana should make his return against the Cherries and Roberto Firmino is almost certain to play.