Fresh from a stunning 5-0 annihilation of Manchester United, Liverpool will now head back into Premier League action hunting a victory over Brighton to extend a hot streak that is setting the football world on fire.
Pundits are fast running out of superlatives to describe the current form of Liverpool, and particularly superstar striker Mohamed Salah, after the latest resounding result over rivals United.
Salah slammed home a hat-trick to secure Liverpool’s biggest ever win at Old Trafford, and remarkably the Reds are now unbeaten in their last 22 games in all competitions – having scored three or more goals in each of their last eight away matches across the board.
“What can I say? Did I expect that? No. What we did in the last third was insane. Pressing high, winning balls, scored wonderful goals,” an elated Jurgen Klopp raved after the thrashing of United.
“The result is insane, I asked if there was one like this in history and if there isn’t then it will take a while. The players put a nice piece in the book. It is special but we don’t celebrate like crazy, we have respect for the opponents.”
Salah is now Africa’s all-time record scorer in the Premier League, and has scored in 10 successive games in all competitions to reinforce the view that he is currently the best player in the world.
“Mo is there to get the goals and he deals with the fuss that everyone makes around him,” Klopp said. “He enjoys his football and long may it continue.”
Liverpool are well-placed in second spot on the Premier League standings, just one point behind leaders Chelsea, and it increasingly looks set to be a three-way battle for the title between the Reds, Blues and Manchester City.
“We know what it takes to win the Premier League, we did it two years ago,” Salah said after the statement victory against United.
“We try to win each game and try to win the title. We need to play to win everything. From our heads from pre-season, we need to win the Premier League and hopefully we go for that.”
Although Liverpool will come into Saturday’s clash at Anfield riding a wave of confidence that is at an all-time high, they won’t want to be complacent against a Brighton side that has quietly and efficiently gone about their business in the league: claiming four wins and three draws to lie fifth on the standings.
Brighton were brought somewhat back down to earth when they suffered a 4-1 defeat to Man City last weekend, although they still won praise from City manager Pep Guardiola, who lauded them for playing like a “top-four” side.
“They are aggressive and when they have the ball they know what they have to do. They have all the mechanisms of a big team.
“They have courage. I admire them for that. They play like a top-four or five team.”
Graham Potter’s team in fact beat Liverpool 1-0 in February in their most recent meeting, but Klopp’s charges are currently operating on another level, and will be determined to maintain these standards at home.