Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva believes that getting an early victory over Manchester United has set the tone for a season full of positives at Anfield, as Brendan Rodgers looks to build a side capable of securing Champions League qualification.
The Reds beat a side in the top four for the first time since Rodgers joined the club on Sunday, with Daniel Sturridge's early header enough to earn a 1-0 victory over bitter rivals Manchester United.
Early-table toppers Liverpool have taken maximum points from their first three Premier League games, keeping three successive clean sheets to start the season in style.
Lucas feels that managing to end their recent hoodoo against United shows that Liverpool mean business this season, firing an early warning to rivals that Rodgers has instilled a new-found confidence in his squad making them capable of challenging for top honours.
He told The Sun: "It showed we were capable of fighting teams like United. It was a nice message to the fans that we believe we can play anybody.
"We're happy with the way we have started the season but we should leave the excitement to the fans. We need to keep calm as it's a long, long season.
"It's a much better start than last season. There's a greater belief among us now."
Reds fans were given further reason for optimism yesterday as the club concluded a triple signing on transfer deadline-day, with Mamadou Sakho, Victor Moses and Tiago Ilori added to a squad already including summer signings Kolo Toure, Simon Mignolet and Iago Aspas.
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