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Liverpool have not looked this good for quite some time. And today’s 2-1 victory over Tottenham – a scoreline that flattered Spurs – is further proof of that.
Before the match, many were expecting this to be a test. A big one at that. Spurs, despite losing to Watford two weeks ago, had swept Manchester United aside at Old Trafford. Any team who can do that would be hard to beat.
But, from the off, Liverpool were in control. Roberto Firmino was robbed of an early goal courtesy of the offside flag. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, ever the threat, looked in the mood.
The Reds’ rip-roaring attack was too much for Tottenham. But this has been years in the making.
Liverpool are now finally beginning to resemble an end product. When Klopp took the reins three years ago, this was what the Reds hierarchy had in mind.
So maybe Manchester United fans should think twice before calling for Jose Mourinho’s head.
Right now, it is hard to compare the two teams. At the time of writing nine points separate them – but Liverpool are, in reality, even further ahead.
United remain laborious and slow, turgid to watch and too inconsistent to land the Premier League title.
Of course, Mourinho takes the flak. With the shadow of Zinedine Zidane looming over him, the 55-year-old is an easy scapegoat.
But these things take time. Something Klopp has been fortunate to be afforded.
There are even parallels between both Klopp and Mourinho’s time at Liverpool and United respectively.
Reaching cup finals, consolidating their place in the top four and improving year on year is something both managers have done to their respective sides. Mourinho has gone on further by actually winning those finals.
At the moment, Liverpool just happen to be better. But, in Mourinho’s defence, Klopp did arrive eight months before himself.
United supporters can, though, be forgiven for looking at Liverpool with envy.
The way they attacked Tottenham was frightening at times. If Naby Keita had not squandered such a glorious chance, the scoreline could have been even bigger.
When was the last time United dominated an away game against a title rival like this?
Sure, they’ve claimed some scalps. But victories over Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad and Emirates were achieved despite them being the inferior side.
Liverpool are now primed to battle on towards a title challenge and even City, with Pep Guardiola as manager, may be feeling the heat.
United, meanwhile, face Watford later today. Mourinho can buy himself more time by picking up three points at Vicarage Road.