Liverpool continued the fine start to the Premier League season with a 2-1 over Brighton at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
The Reds made it 13 wins from 14 games and 40 points from a possible 42.
Our title rivals Manchester City slipped to a 2-2 against Newcastle courtesy of a late Jonjo Shelvey goal.
Jurgen Klopp and co have an eight-point lead at the top of the table but it could be considerably bigger before we reach Christmas.
First things first Liverpool need to keep winning. If we can’t’ do that our 31-game unbeaten record simply must stay intact.
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Liverpool face three Premier League games before Christmas and each is very winnable. The small matter of a Merseyside derby on Wednesday evening is followed by a trip to Bournemouth and a home fixture against Watford.
This Liverpool team is certainly capable of picking up 9 points from these fixtures and putting ourselves in a commanding position over the holidays.
Manchester City will need to replicate that form if they hope to keep the pace.
However, Pep Guardiola’s side are unlikely to do that due to their unconvincing form. The Blues form is sketchy to say the least, they have won just one game in their last five.
Another issue is they have a much tougher looking fixture list. A trip to Burnley is first up before they host Manchester United at the Etihad. Next is a trip to North London to face Arsenal before they host the Premier Leagues dark horses Leicester City.
This isn’t just wishful thinking. I truly believe City will drop points in these fixtures maybe even lose one or two of them. It’ll be up to Liverpool to take advantage of this a build an unassailable lead at the top of the table.
Manchester City will go big in the January window and will bounce back you can be assured.
Liverpool have a tough period to come but we can emerge from it stronger than we went in and must do so to ensure we cant be caught in the Premier League title race.