We might just see the best Liverpool of the season so far against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
That’s a scary thought, seeing as the Reds are 13 points clear in the Premier League with a game in hand. And yet, they appear to be getting better.
They’ve learned to defend, for one thing. Liverpool had only kept two clean sheets in the Premier League before December. It was enough for us to question if it were even sustainable. They’ve added another five since, though, proving that they can deliver the title.
That improvement should worry Tottenham and the rest of the league as Liverpool found that extra gear despite being exhausted.
The Reds have played 14 games since November 23rd, only once having five days off in that period. There’s little doubt that they were tired with that fixture list. It showed in some performances, too, as Liverpool ground out results rather than winning decisively.
But when they did have that five-day break, they reached a new high. It came before the trip to Leicester City on Boxing Day and Liverpool put in their best performance of the season that day.
And so this is a Liverpool team that has reached new heights despite the hindrance of exhaustion. We haven’t seen what they’re capable of with a proper week’s break but we’re about to.
Spurs will welcome Liverpool at the weekend and it will be the freshest – and best – Liverpool of the season so far. We may just see them top that Leicester showing.