How Liverpool became the Premier League's set-piece kings

The midfield three now being turned out on a regular basis by defending champions Manchester City - with Fernandinho in the defensive role and playmakers David and Bernardo Silva alongside him - is considered by many to be the most impressive midfield combination in the league, but Liverpool's depth and variety can certainly offer a challenge to Pep Guardiola's side.

Last weekend's 1-0 victory over Huddersfield Town secured Liverpool's best ever start to a Premier League season as they now sit level on points with Manchester City at the summit having taken 23 points [W7 D2 L0] from their nine matches so far.

"It's going to be a very hard game". He will be very proud of that as well.

"No, I just saw a few articles", he told reporters.

"We are aware of the quality of Cardiff".

The Egyptian's run of four games without a goal had some wondering if he was capable of getting close to a repetition of his 44 goals in all competitions last season.

His 21-minute substitute appearance in last weekend's victory at Huddersfield is still the only league football he has to his name this season, with Klopp appearing to have done a masterful job of integrating him carefully into his line-up.

'I like that he is not everybody's cup of tea, maybe a bit like me!

"I'm delighted Van Dijk is playing like he is because I think we could have bought him at Palace for £6m but my chief scout said he was too slow".

"I think their front three [Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane] is probably the best in the world". "There are different tools you can use to make a game interesting". It's an exceptional number, hopefully he can continue. "What's the next record he can reach?"

"Very good", Klopp responded when asked to sum up the performance of Fabinho, who turned 25 on Tuesday.

I saw a lot of the final period of the Championship past year and it was impressive how they did.

"The first goal he scored was a genius little linkup play by Shaq (Xherdan Shaqiri)".

The Reds began to take a hold of the contest and doubled their advantage on the stroke of half time, with Shaqiri again instrumental as he played through Mohamed Salah who slammed a right-footed shot in at the near post.

His ability to find space in between the lines, take the ball on the turn and drive at the opposition defence is something that not very many players have, and is something that Liverpool have missed in their midfield since the departure of Philippe Coutinho. "It was a game where I thought it made sense to do it like this, it was not because of injuries".

  • Stacy Allen