Liverpool have already forced Richard Keys to rethink his pre-season predictions.
After a summer overhaul, the Reds have won five of their six league games, plus got off to a winning start in their Europa League group. Jurgen Klopp’s side continued their fine run of form with a 3-1 win over West Ham at Anfield to stay two points behind Manchester City in top spot.
Described as 'Liverpool 2.0' by Klopp, given the squad’s significant changes in midfield, the early signs are that the club are on the right track, even if the team has often had to battle back from a goal behind. There was plenty of scepticism over how the Reds would cope with losing the likes of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, as well as integrating a quartet of new midfielders.
These feelings were summed up by presenter Richard Keys in early August, who also took a bizarre dig at new captain Virgil van Dijk. “I don’t think Liverpool have got a challenge in them either. The rebuild was necessary, but I don’t see leaders in the team anymore,” Keys wrote in his blog, when making his pre-season predictions.
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He added: “Van Dijk isn’t a leader. He’s too quiet - and selfish. If he plays well that’s all that seems to matter to him. And he didn’t play well often enough last season. I thought he was way off.
“They’ll miss Henderson and [James] Milner. I know the Milner decision was driven by the stats men, but sometimes you’ve got to go with your gut. Klopp knows Milner is a loss. A big loss. But he couldn’t get his way and keep him.”
Fast forward a few weeks and Liverpool look to quickly be silencing their critics. DominikRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk