That’s the view of former Liverpool striker John Aldridge, who saw Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Monday to make it two wins from two.
Liverpool have been tipped as the closest challengers to Manchester City this season having reached the Champions League final last year. Goals from James Milner and Sadio Mane earned the win at Selhurst Park to follow up on a 4-0 win over West Ham on the opening weekend. It means the Reds are the only team yet to concede in the Premier League with Virgil van Dijk looking secure at the back alongside new goalkeeper Alisson. And Aldridge believes the influence of both has been key to how secure the Anfield outfit have been in recent months. “We look calmer, a lot more in control and we don’t panic,” Aldridge said on LFCTV. “The centre-halves and goalkeepers we’ve had in the past do panic when things aren’t going right. “But with Van Dijk and the goalkeeper, who is as cool as a cucumber, it gives such a calming effect to everyone. “We’ve got a very good spine now. Wijnaldum had a good game against Crystal Palace and the spine compared to a year ago is excellent.” Klopp has led Liverpool to three finals since taking charge, being beaten in each one.
A League Cup loss to Manchester City on penalties was followed by a defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final. Real Madrid then stopped Liverpool earning their sixth European crown earlier this year with goalkeeper Loris Karius at fault for two of Madrid’s three goals. And Aldridge admits Klopp needs to start winning the silverware instead of just making the final two. Aldridge added: “He’s only been in the job for two and a half years but you can see the transformation, but we have to start winning these finals.” Klopp himself though has insisted he doesn’t feel under pressure. “We can’t guarantee titles but we can increase the possibility of winning titles,” Klopp told Kicker. “(The goals are) Nothing new.
Only three teams are allowed to finish ahead of us. “We have to ensure that the gap to those three teams is minimal in order to be there at the right moment. But that is very difficult.”