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Can Liverpool Build on their solid start to the new Premier League season?


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It wasn't exactly vintage but Liverpool's 1-0 win over Brighton on Saturday gave Jurgen Klopp's side a third win from as many games, putting them as the early season table toppers, albeit on goal difference.

It's important to remember Liverpool are not the only side who have gained maximum points so far. Despite a summer where they became the first ever Premier League side not to sign a single player, Spurs' 3-0 win over Manchester United meant they also have 9 points, a total matched by both Chelsea and Watford.

Much of the talk in the summer was that it'd be Liverpool who would be the main title challengers to Manchester City and even though it is very early days, the reds already have a 2 point advantage over their Manchester rivals.

Arguably, Liverpool are yet to really face a stern test, having easily seen off West Ham on the opening day of the season before seeing off Crystal Palace and Brighton, both of which were tight affairs.

Whilst the usual attacking, 'rockstar' football might not have been apparent in the last couple of games, what can be said is, for the first time in the Klopp era, Liverpool have a back four which can breed confidence to the rest of the team and is able to be much more solid away from home.

Whilst the back four has remained the same, the signing of Allison from Roma has clearly had a positive impact across the whole team, especially the defence, with Liverpool the only side in the League not to concede a goal thus far. In comparison, they'd already conceded three this time last year and a staggering seven the year before.

Defensive problems and the dropping of silly points was certainly Liverpool's downfall last season and something that has to be improved this season if they are to bridge the gap with Manchester City. That gap isn't going to be easy, City gained 25 more points last season.

It definitely seems like problems at Anfield have erased somewhat with Liverpool last conceding a league goal at Anfield in February, however, last season's away performances is what cost them, having only kept 5 clean sheets on the road with 9 away wins. Compare that to a Manchester City side who were victorious a staggering 16 times on the road last season, that's the numbers Liverpool need to be targetting.

Maybe Liverpool is unlucky in what is possibly the best team they've assembled in years. They have a rival who is bordering on freak status based on last year and to topple them is going to be a mammoth task.

The reds will take heart from the fact they beat Guardiola's side three times out of four last season and Wolves showed on Saturday that City is not impossible to play against.

Klopp's side are certainly in with a chance this season. 

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