Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said his side had produced their "best game of the season" after a 2-1 win away to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday extended the Premier League leaders' flawless start to the season. I am happy with his performance.
Four wins from four in the opening stretch of the season spoke well of Liverpool's ambitions without them ever quite hitting top gear, but the relative ease with which they dispatched Spurs counts as a statement.
Goals either side of half-time from Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino put Liverpool 2-0 up at Wembley, Tottenham's temporary home while they wait for their new stadium to be completed, before Erik Lamela pulled one back for Spurs deep into stoppage time.
More history can be made on Saturday as Watford have also begun the season perfectly, with four wins in four.
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Klopp said: "I'm not sure, but there may be an injury with Roberto, we don't know exactly in the moment". Over 85 minutes we were really dominant. Their 49 game winning run was brought to an end by Man Utd at Old Trafford and they came up short at the end of the season, behind Jose Mourinho's Chelsea. "It's not often in my life I've had surprised". "If you analyse the first five games, the performance was similar in all the games, but the opponents were all different". We have a good team together so that takes time.
It was the first away Premier League goal for Wijnaldum and it was confirmed by goal-line technology, with referee Michael Oliver pointing to his wrist amid objections by Tottenham players.
Eleven months have passed since an inspired Spurs, led by Harry Kane, tore Liverpool apart last season in a game that left Dejan Lovren's reputation in tatters and question marks over many of Klopp's players. Fantastic the improvement we had. Now we have to prove that and do it again and again and again.
'If we're at a football club as three midfielders and have a good season, reach the final of the Champions League, and he buys two midfield players and tries to buy a third one, I think the writing's on the wall for someone.