Liverpool have become masters of the dark arts on their way to the pursuit of Premier League glory. Jurgen Klopp’s team have not only adapted the resilience required to grind out vital victories but the necessary ruthlessness on top of that.
The European champions’ most recent match against Manchester City personified this very trait. Liverpool were getting inside the heads of not just the Citizen’s players but the coaching staff as well. The host’s ability to wind up their opponents caused an uproar from Pep Guardiola at full-time and has even trickled into the England camp following the Raheem Sterling and Joe Gomez spat.
It is no coincidence that Liverpool are eight points clear at the Premier League summit – nine clear of champions City. The frightening thought for the rest of the division is that Klopp’s side are running away from the pack despite not reaching their devastating best as of yet.
Rather than dominating matches from start to finish, Liverpool are able to grind out and adapt to their opponents before unleashing the final killer blow. In three of their last five matches, the Reds have snatched crucial points in the last 10 minutes of the match – two of those in injury time.
This has led to comparisons of Sir Alex Ferguson’s all-conquering Manchester United team during the late 90’s – early 2000’s. This is the biggest compliment a team like Liverpool can get when striving for European domination.
For a number of years, Ferguson’s Red Devils were the most hated in the league as they could always find a way to win, even when they were playing poorly.
Liverpool have mastered this art as well. Whether it’s Sadio Mane booting the ball away after being flagged offside, Sterling squaring up to Gomez or Fabinho’s ability to avoid a booking.
This team never know when they are beaten and they are consistently defining the meaning of the word impossible. Klopp has constructed the greatest Liverpool team this century and a side that looks increasingly likely to banish 30 years of hurt by delivering the Holy Grail of a first English title since 1990.