It’s two on the bounce for Liverpool and all is well at Anfield once again. Backing up after the demolition of Leicester City, the Reds put together arguably their best performance of the season to beat Chelsea in a hard fought battle away at Stamford Bridge. Taking three points away from this fixture is impressive, however Klopp is now building a formidable record against top five teams.
The Reds' pre-season has served up a few lessons, some surprises, and a fair share of disappointments. Fortunately, these are all friendly matches, free of the grandiose atmosphere of the International Champions Cup title. In the last weekend Liverpool has traveled from the biggest stage in UK football, Wembley, where they played the biggest opponent in world football to Germany, where they played a much lesser known and far less daunting opponent.
To the uninitiated, these two match-ups might present a set of very predictable outcomes. In reality, as is often the case with Liverpool F.C., the complete opposite occurred. The Reds handed out a 4-0 thumping of Barca and suffered an equally comprehensive 4-0 defeat at the hands of the lowly Mainz 05.
As the end of the pre-season draws towards a close, the quality of the opponents has stepped up a level too. Liverpool has played Chelsea and AC Milan in recent days, with both games providing insight into the form of players, combinations and squad depth. At the risk of sounding like a coach, this time of year is not just about winning, but testing out players, formations and combinations. The last few weeks have been very interesting in that regard for Klopp and co.
Oren Shabat Laurent is a passionate Liverpool fan and a cryptocurrency entrepreneur. He has been involved with sports from a young age, and sponsored football and basketball.