Compare Liverpool this season after 11 games to last and there is a significant difference from the side that boss Jurgen Klopp had not long inherited from Brendan Rodgers and the one he has had time to develop over the summer.
The Reds were just eighth in the Premier League at this stage last season, while the Merseysiders currently lead the pack in the league, sitting a point above Chelsea.
But it's not just the improvement in the club's league position over the past 12 months. They are a point better off than City were at the top of the table at this stage last campaign and boast a highly-improved goal difference.
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While goal difference could potentially play a part in the battle for the title this season, considering how closely contested the Premier League has been in the opening third of the campaign, it will not be the only advantage to Liverpool's goal-filled.
As per the Mirror, Jurgen Klopp revealed that his summer target was to identify a way in which he could get his Liverpool side scoring more goals and finishing off games where, last campaign, they were not ruthless enough in some matches.
Instead of shipping in new strikers, Klopp sold Christian Benteke - after an underwhelming first season on Merseyside - and instead brought in other attack-minded players in Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum. And that, the German believes, has helped make the difference this season.
Lacking end product
“When you remember last season, there were a lot of games when we were really dominant, but we were not winning.” said Klopp.
“When we were good with the ball, passing and moving, overlapping, things like this, but in the end we didn't finish it off enough. We had too many games last year, we couldn't change.
“So, you need players who are natural that they go into the penalty area. We have these players now.
“In this moment we have four or five strikers, including Roberto Firmino, but it is for the roles behind. You need the numbers to push everyone.”
Liverpool are the Premier League's top scorers, with 30 goals already this campaign, and it now seems Klopp has found the formula for a free-scoring side that saw last season's main striker, Daniel Sturridge, demoted to the bench.
The Reds boss can already boast twice as many goal scorers (10) for the club as last season and the devastating threat his side pose in front of goal is making it no easy task for either Sturridge or Divock Origi to break into the first team.
But while Klopp's main objective to get Liverpool competing for the Premier League title is seemingly working so far this season, his next big task will be in sorting out a leaky defence which has already conceded 14 goals.
Was Jurgen Klopp right to focus on getting Liverpool to score more goals, during the summer, rather than work on his side defensively? Give your opinion in the comment box below.
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