Liverpool are the best team in the country, according to the side we put four goals past on Saturday evening…
Following our 4-2 victory, midfielder James McArthur waxed lyrical about our attacking performance, as did Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew.
“I’d say that’s the best side we’ve played this year as a team performance,” said McArthur, cited in the Echo.
“The front six, the way they press the ball and rotate, they are a really strong contender this year in my opinion.”
Pardew was perhaps even more complimentary…
“It’s very difficult to play against them. The speed, the runners, they’re coming from every angle. As much as I say my back four didn’t play well, I think the two set plays and the fourth goal is where I’m questioning them,” he began.
“They’ve got some fantastic players. Firmino plays that striker’s role really clever, you don’t really know where he is and it’s unnatural for centre halves.
“He pulls you around, pops up in midfield, then he’s in midfield, someone else replaces him. It’s like a piston in an engine working there.
“They are as good as anyone we’ve played this year. I’d put them in the same level as Spurs and Spurs were terrific.”
Away from home, we bagged four, hit the woodwork twice and didn’t actually play our best – which is a significant indicator of just how much potential this team has…
Unfortunately for us, Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea all look like terrific sides as well – although we have beaten two of the aforementioned three already. Spurs play fantastic football, as Pardew mentioned, too – but one of these sides, or us, is going to miss out on the top four.
That’s before mentioning a revitalised Everton or the world’s biggest spenders Manchester United!
No European football will be a big help and we need to make sure we win next weekend at home to Watford before having to endure another irritating international break. For now though, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool’s supporters can be mighty pleased.