What a start to the season it has been for Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s high flying Reds sit pretty atop the table having conceded just one goal in their opening four games.
Klopp has taken massive steps to address the quite obvious defensive frailties he inherited and it finally seems that he has found a solution.
After an eye-watering outlay on the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker, Liverpool fans at last have a defence they can trust.
In van Dijk they have quite possibly the best centre-back in the league while Alisson, who is sure to cause a few more heart failures over the coming months, looks to be a big improvement on the likes of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius.
Combine the added solidity at the back with the terrifying trio that is Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino and Liverpool really do look like a side capable of challenging last season’s runaway winners, Manchester City.
However, former Liverpool defender turned pundit Jamie Carragher still has a few concerns - namely with Klopp in particular - that he believes could cost his former side the title they have craved for decades.
Speaking in an interview with The Liverpool Way Carragher said: “That is an issue for us, the international thing.
“I noticed City pulled a couple of players out. (Jose) Mourinho kept (Alexis) Sanchez back, he didn’t go away with Chile.
“And I just think they’re little things we have got to be clever with. Is there someone who shouldn’t have gone away? Just say they’re injured.
“You know we’re going for the Premier League, we’re going for the Champions League. That’s the one thing with Klopp sometimes. I think he’s a little bit too honest.”
Carragher also went on to highlight Klopp’s reluctance to indulge in the ‘dark arts’ of football.
Speaking after a 1-1 draw with Chelsea in November 2017 Klopp said: “The day when somebody thinks like this [in my teams] - with not being a proper sportsman and being fair - then I stop.
“We try to close games down - but we don’t do it in a cynical way. We don’t do it like, ‘oh, sit down again! This player is kind of walking!’ You have seven minutes overtime then.”
However, Carragher believes that it is this exact mentality that could cost the Reds dearly.
“I remember he said about the ‘dark arts’ last season,” he added.
“He said he’s never wanted to win a football match playing like that. I just think with these international breaks, can’t we keep a few players back now and again?
“I think it’s going to be really small details that decide the league this season.”
Will Jurgen Klopp’s honesty and reluctance to win games cynically ultimately cost Liverpool a shot at the title?
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