Alan Shearer believes there is one menacing worry about Liverpool this season – that they are nowhere near at their best yet.
Jurgen Klopp’s men were dominant at Wembley on Saturday as they maintained their 100% start to the new Premier League season with a 2-1 win over Tottenham.
Despite earning the three points, the Reds were the source of frustration after wasting multiple chances to kill off the game. In truth, it could have been five or six.
It’s for the lack of conviction in the final-third that is fuelling a growing belief something special could be brewing on Merseyside. There is a lot more to come, and every player in the team knows it.
Speaking on Match of the Day, Shearer said: “Liverpool definitely deserved it but the worrying thing is they weren’t even at their best. If they had been, they could have probably scored six or seven.”
“They should have had a field day because their pressing at times was excellent and they pressured Tottenham into making mistakes.”
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were often guilty of squandering scoring opportunities by seeking glory or choosing the wrong option.
A golden chance to wrap up the points in the second half saw Mane overlook Salah on his right-hand side in favour of making a delayed pass to Naby Keita, who saw his eventual shot saved.
Nonetheless, Liverpool looked perhaps the most dangerous they have been on the counter so far this season, with the finish being all that was missing.
The pressing from the front was superb throughout and often the source of moves in which the Reds heavily outnumbered the hosts.
Roberto Firmino also produced his most accomplished performance of the season so far as an instrumental figure in retrieving and receiving the ball in deeper positions, before inviting those around him into advanced positions.
2-1 undoubtedly flattered Spurs on the day.