Liverpool can reflect on a 'very good' start to the 2011-12 campaign - if they emerge victorious from the Merseyside derby with three points against Everton on Saturday insists Jose Enrique.
With ten points - three wins and one draw - from their opening six Barclays Premier League encounters, Kenny Dalglish's new-look Reds side have had a fairly pleasing couple of months.
The Spanish left-back is determined to remain upbeat about a period that has also seen Liverpool progress into the fourth round of the Carling Cup, with away victories at Exeter and Brighton.
But Enrique admits that victory in the 216th Merseyside derby at Goodison Park this weekend would ensure that everybody goes into the international break feeling content with their club form.
"It was really important we got three points in the last game," he told Liverpoolfc.tv. "We had some games that were not really good, like Stoke and Tottenham, but if we get another three points this weekend it can be a very good start for us.
"I know some people were a little bit scared [after defeats to Stoke and Tottenham] but it's normal."
Enrique believes the integration of a number of new players into the Liverpool first-team may have had a slight impact on the club's early-season results, but says that shouldn't be used as an excuse, as there is enough quality in the squad to have a successful year.
"We've got some new players here like me, and we have to play more games together, but it's a nice squad and we have some good players here," he added.
"It's just about playing our football, not caring whether we're away or at home. If we play our football I think we can beat anyone."