Liverpool won the Premier League by a country mile last season. The Reds absolutely romped to victory, battering everybody in sight. Jürgen’s side barely dropped a point until they were confirmed as champions – they stopped caring after that. This season hasn’t started as well as the last one did but Liverpool fans can relax, other champions across Europe have had sloppy starts.
Liverpool start to season
The Reds won each of their first three games of the season, brushing aside Leeds United, Chelsea and Arsenal.
They were thoroughly impressive performances. These wins were followed up by an inexplicable 7-2 defeat at Aston Villa.
After the international break the Reds were unlucky to follow a defeat up with a draw – robbed of a win at Goodison Park.
Dropping five points by this stage of the season isn’t a disaster but Kopites can be reassured by the fact other champions across Europe have started slowly.
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France – PSG
French champions PSG got off to a torrid start to the Ligue 1 season.
The Parisians lost their first two games 1-0, falling to defeat against Marseille and RC Lens.
They have won every game since and are now two points behind leaders Lille.
Germany – Bayern Munich
Bayern have had a stronger start but still fell to a heavy defeat.
The Germans were beaten 4-1 by Hoffenheim, to everybody’s surprise.
Munich are now a point behind leaders RB Leipzig.
Italy – Juventus
Languishing in fifth place in the Italian Serie A is serial winners Juventus.
The Turin side have drawn two of their opening four this season.
Juve were held to a 1-1 tie with Crotone and a 2-2 draw with Roma.
Spain – Real Madrid
In third place in Spain is Real Madrid.
The capital side have drawn one and lost one in their opening five games.
Zinedine Zidane’s side were held to a 0-0 draw with leaders Real Sociedad and were defeated by Cadiz.
No need to panic
This is just evidence that inconsistencies happen. The Reds aren’t alone in having a slow start to the season.
A lot is different about this campaign; there’s empty stadiums and there was a shorter pre-season.
The top sides will take longer to get into a rhythm, we’ll get there and when we do we’ll be hitting our stride at the perfect time – heading into the manic festive period.