"We're gonna win the league, we're gonna win the league" an optimistic Liverpool fan chants at me every time I see him - I smile back at him kindly, with a slight shake of the head.
For a fan of any club to assume this seven games into the season is mildly preposterous, even more so for a fan of a massive underdog. Liverpool have won all but two of their opening seven games yet one would still be much ridiculed, and rightly so, for claiming they'll win the title that has eluded them for 23 years this season.
Is this Liverpool's strongest squad in a while? I don't believe it is. The last time Liverpool came close to a league title was under Rafael Benitez in 2008-09 - they came second.
Gerrard, Torres, Kuyt, Alonso, Hyypia, Carragher, Reina, Mascherano...The list goes on. All of these were players in the prime of their careers, playing at their very best.
That team wasn't strong enough to win the Premier League, and I think everyone, even the most deluded of fans, knows that neither is the current one.
However, that isn't to say that there is no hope. In the 08-09 season, Gerrard scored 16 in the Premier League and Fernando Torres 14. Dirk Kuyt also provided 12. That is not spectacular.
Last season, (bearing in mind he missed six games due to his ban) Luis Suarez scored 23 goals, Steven Gerrard nine, and Daniel Sturridge (signed in January) 10.
Liverpool are joint top of the table and Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez are forming a magnificent partnership. They have already racked up nine goals from seven games between them and are showing no signs of stopping.
Add the magnificent Philippe Coutinho (soon to return from injury) to the mix and things are looking very promising indeed for Liverpool.
Simon Mignolet has been outstanding since his move from Sunderland, the back three/four are beginning to gel, Liverpool's midfield looks reasonably strong but could probably do with another addition in January and "SAS" are doing just fine.
So we look at a more realistic target. Top four. Champions League. Are Liverpool stronger than Tottenham, Chelsea, United, Arsenal? Teams that expect to be in or above that sacred fourth place.
We'll have to wait and see. If Liverpool do finish in the top four, I believe it will be in that fourth place, and they should hope to do exactly that.
Every team goes through a bad patch of form in the season though and that is still to come for Liverpool, but when it does, they must not give up hope. Top four is a very realistic aim for Liverpool this season.
But currently they are exceeding expectations, and that can only be a good thing.
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