Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has written in his column for the Liverpool Echo that Jurgen Klopp’s team need to “step things up” as he fears that Manchester City will run away with the Premier League title.
At the start of the season, Liverpool and City were tipped as the main title contenders, and that remains the case four months into the campaign.
Pep Guardiola’s side, who won the crown in impressive fashion last season, currently have a two-point lead at the top of the standings, with the Reds sitting second.
Both clubs, as well as Chelsea, are unbeaten in the top flight, but Klopp’s men have struggled to recreate the scintillating attacking style that earned them many admirers last season.
Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have not been terrorising defences as yet, but there have been some positive individual performances.
The main worry for Aldridge, though, is that the team will struggle to keep up with City.
“The lads have been brilliant, but to run Manchester City all the way – and they look untouchable at the moment – we’ve got to find that spark.
“You want the front three to start playing like they did last season but they just don’t look like they’re going to do so. We’ve done brilliantly to get where we are but we need to step things up.
“At the moment I don’t think we’re frightening City as they’re running away with games and beat their neighbours United very easily.”
Liverpool find themselves in a peculiar situation, as on paper they are having a stunning season so far.
There is no doubt that everyone associated with the Reds would have been thrilled had someone looked into a crystal ball and seen their current league position.
However, the sense of excitement from the 2017-18 campaign is missing and during the majority of matches so far, there have been some lacklustre moments.
Judging by the results, the Reds have every reason to feel optimistic about winning the title, but if it was based on performances, City look by far the more comfortable side.
Aldridge has every right to feel concerned about Liverpool’s state of play, but at the end of the day, it is all about results and Klopp’s men are certainly getting the right ones.