Jurgen Klopp’s first full season in charge was anticipated with much optimism, and his side have certainly vindicated the pre-season expectation.
The Reds have won six of the first nine Premier League matches, including important victories over Chelsea and Arsenal (they are so far the only side to beat the Gunners this season).
The only disappointment came away at Burnley, where they lost 2-0, but as starts go, they must be pretty satisfied as they look to get back into the top four, and maybe even challenge for the title.
Klopp’s side are also into the last eight of the League Cup, courtesy of a 2-1 win over fellow high-flyers Tottenham on Tuesday night, as the Reds continue their impressive start to the season.
There have been numerous great performers for Liverpool so far in this campaign, but who is the most creative player in the side after nine Premier League matches?
Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino have all been brilliant, but it’s Philippe Coutinho who edges this one.
The Brazilian has been in sensational form this season for Liverpool, netting four goals already, including a brace in the win over Arsenal on the opening day.
Although he has created fewer chances (21) than Firmino (25), the 24-year-old has scored four and assisted two goals so far, in comparison to Firmino’s three goals and one assist.
It’s also telling in which games Coutinho produced the goods.
The Brazilian international netted twice and created two further chances against Arsenal, and also created two against Manchester United the other week.
However, he is second to Firmino in terms of number of key passes per match, with Coutinho averaging 2.3 a game, while his compatriot averages 3.1 per match. In terms of most shots per game though, it’s Coutinho that gains the upper hand, averaging 4.1 a game to Firmino’s 2.8. Nevertheless, there isn’t a great deal between them.
24-year-old Coutinho also trumps Firmino in terms of most dribbles and the most time fouled during a game, but all of the above prove what an excellent group of forwards Klopp has at his disposal.
The fact that Firmino is playing as well as Coutinho, when Coutinho has been the focal point of the Liverpool attack in recent seasons, is testament to the confidence and freedom Klopp has installed into his players.
With Mane, who incidentally dribbles the most and is fouled the most, up top as well alongside these two, the Reds are going to create numerous opportunities, and will cause most defences in the league large amounts of problems.