While many supporters had high expectations for Liverpool ahead of the new season, few anticipated such an electrifying start from the Reds.
Despite the anomalous defeat at Burnley, Jurgen Klopp’s men have perched themselves in fourth place. It’s becoming apparent that they’re a force to be reckoned with, even after enduring a tough run of fixtures
A deluge of goals has been at the heart of this Liverpool success. In fact, the team have made history with their potency in front of goal and its some record they’ve shattered.
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Liverpool’s blockbuster victory at the Emirates on the opening weekend truly set the tone for the Merseysiders in 2016-17. They simply outscored the Gunners in a topsy-turvy fixture that eventually saw the Reds win 4-3.
The Anfield based side were then dealt an unexpected blow at Turf Moor, but soon consolidated with a hard fought draw away to Tottenham.
It was from this point onwards though, that Liverpool have particularly excelled and the goals have rained in. Champions Leicester City were hit for four at Anfield and Antonio Conte suffered his first loss as Chelsea boss upon Liverpool’s arrival at Stamford Bridge.
Such a rich vein of form was continued in their fixture with Hull City this weekend as the Tigers were put to the sword. Liverpool were in a merciless mood as the game finished in an impressive 5-1 victory.
Liverpool may find themselves below Arsenal in the table as a result of their goal difference, but the Reds’ goals scored column is simply superb.
In fact, it’s so impressive that Liverpool haven’t started a season so rampantly in 121 years.
According to Squawka, not since the 1895-1896 season have they rattled in so many goals in the first eight games of a campaign. 24 goals across two competitions is simply a formidable total.
Considering the last Liverpool did this, Queen Victoria was on the throne, Chelsea FC was yet to be formed and the aeroplane hadn’t been invented, it’s some statistic. There can be no complaints from Klopp.
Equally though, Liverpool are yet to keep a clean sheet in the league this season so their defensive frailties must be addressed.
After all, their damned title shot in 2013-14 exemplifies that a top-heavy team isn’t always the most effective approach. Going out to outscore opponents isn’t a fruitful tactic in the long term and the Reds’ defence could easily prove their undoing.
That being said, Liverpool supporters can’t be blamed for indulging in what has proven a very pleasing start to the season. There’s been no shortage of goals, that’s for sure.
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