The ultimate objective in sport is to win. That’s the bottom line. If you get there in dominating fashion or by the skin of your teeth, all that matters is you getting there. Liverpool have been racking up wins in a variety of forms this season, most of which have not been the cleanest.
However, that part will be secondary as Jurgen Klopp and his men are bagging points in bunches. We as Liverpool fans have been spoiled in recent years by the swashbuckling and high-press action that resulted in goals for days.
Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah formed one of the most lethal attacking trios in recent memory.
The wins flowed with ease as the midfield hounded and harassed and the front 3 put goals away for fun.
A look at the 2023-24 version of Liverpool and you will see it’s a team clearly in transition. Trying to compete at the highest levels while simultaneously revamping your entire playing style and bringing in a rash of new players is beyond a difficult proposition.
Yet, even against that backdrop Liverpool have only been defeated once this season and that came in controversial fashion against Tottenham.
Multiple come from behind victories have become the norm these days. While not ideal, it is a good sign of the fight that exists within this squad.
There have been times such as the wins over Newcastle and Bournemouth where Liverpool were down a man and still found ways to get the proper result.
The Aston Villa 3-0 hammering still probably stands out as the most comfortable win from start to finish.
Even this weekend’s 2-0 win over Everton in the Merseyside Derby was not decided until late in proceedings. The Toffees, down a man, still pushed the Reds as long as they could.
It will always be hard to rack up a string of comfortable wins in succession. Even the likes of Manchester City find things tough on occasion, but it’s how you handle those difficult moments that defines what kind of season you will have.
Based on the current results, it appears Liverpool are going to be in this for the long haul. As the boys continue meshing together and the squad gets healthier, the easier wins should become more frequent.
Until then, it might not be the most comfortable viewing at times but as long as we can keep celebrating wins no matter how they come, I’m all in for it.