Jurgen Klopp has taken the chance to reflect back on the last 12 months as he prepares for the game against Swansea this weekend.
A win would send us second – at least temporarily – and there is an enthusiasm and optimism around the club that has been missing for the last few years.
But despite making a raft of summer signings – including spending almost £60 million on Sadio Mane and Gino Wijnaldum, the boss thinks that the core of the side was already present when he arrived.
“There were a few injury issues when I arrived but otherwise they were good,” he said.
“Obviously the confidence was not too high, you don’t change the manager if everything is perfect. They did not play in the best shape.
“Very often in football confidence makes the difference. It is quite nice for every person to believe in what you do. It can be quite difficult to perform at your best if you feel there is too much pressure.
“Confidence is like a small flower and in every game the other team tries to trample on it. That’s what we have to beware of.” (Echo)
He has certainly put his on stamp on the side. Along with the seven new faces at the club this season, we have also waved goodbye to players like Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Joe Allen, Christian Benteke, and Mario Balotelli.
The players who survived the cull – like Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana, and Dejan Lovren, are now looking in the best form of their Liverpool career so far.