Jurgen Klopp has fired a warning to Manchester City that the best is still to come from Liverpool as they look to put the sword to their title rivals in Sunday’s showdown between the two. The Reds sit top of the Premier League following their fine start to the season, but City are only a point behind them with six games gone.
Klopp’s side scored an impressive 20 goals in September, with the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane particularly prolific.
And they will need both stars to be on fire again at Anfield this weekend against City’s resolute defence.
But speaking ahead of the clash, Klopp refused to get carried away with his team’s glut of goals – and insists they should still be scoring more.
“To be honest when people said we scored 20 goals in September it didn’t feel like it,” he said. “I have a lot of chances on my mind – and I’m really positive – that we missed.
“It is not about that I want to score 40 goals or whatever, it is just we are not even close to what we think it should exactly look like.
“We scored a lot of goals, that is true, but we missed a lot of chances in that period. We are in a good moment but that’s what we have to be to have a chance against them.”
Following Liverpool’s difficult 2020-21 campaign, the Reds are now looking more like the side that romped to the title the season before.
And Klopp admits that he now feels more confident about usurping City once again in the near future.
“Last season we had to play midfielders in the last lines, and all of a sudden nothing was the same,” he added.
“In the middle of the season you have to reinvent your game – we needed that time to add depth to our existing qualities. It took time, and we are not back to what we did before.
“But we changed some things as well, and are much closer to what we did before than last year. So it means we have stability, and then you have freedom for the offensive stuff in dangerous and threatening situations…and you can score more often.”
The Reds will be without Trent Alexander-Arnold this weekend, with James Milner expected to replace him.
But they could be handed a boost with the return of Roberto Firmino, who scored twice in the 5-1 thumping of Porto during the week.
A victory for Liverpool would send out a huge statement that they mean real business this season.