Liverpool look like the real deal this season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were billed as Manchester City’s closest challengers going into the new season, and that looks accurate after the Premier League’s opening three game-weeks.
Liverpool were rather impressive in their opening two games, which ended in convincing victories against West Ham and Crystal Palace.
And they made it three wins from three after scraping past Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday evening.
Mohamed Salah scored the only goal of the game as Liverpool leapfrogged Manchester City to the top of the Premier League table.
Klopp will be ecstatic with his side’s start to the season.
However, this isn’t the first time Liverpool have started off their Premier League campaign with three consecutive wins.
Liverpool have actually achieved that feat twice before: in 1993/94 and 2013/14.
But how did Liverpool do in those seasons after their impressive starts?
1993/94 – FINAL POSITION: 8TH – 60 POINTS
Liverpool dispatched Sheffield Wednesday, Queens Park Rangers and Swindon Town in their opening three games in 1993, with an aggregate score of 10-1.
However, it fell apart from there.
Graeme Souness’ side would lose five of the next six games, and he would eventually leave his post in January.
Roy Evans would be his successor, but he didn’t fare much better.
Evans would win just five of Liverpool’s 16 remaining games as Liverpool finished in eighth; 32 points behind winners, Manchester United.
2013/14 – FINAL POSITION: 2ND – 84 POINTS
What an entertaining side this was.
Brendan Rodgers’ side started off the 2013/14 season with three consecutive 1-0 victories: against Stoke City, Aston Villa and Manchester United.
They had dropped to fifth by the turn of the year, but Rodgers’ side then put an extraordinary run of results together.
Liverpool went unbeaten in their first 16 Premier League of 2014, winning 14 and drawing twice.
That put them in pole position to win the title, before a disastrous 2-0 defeat to Chelsea broke hearts on Merseyside.
The Reds would eventually finished in second with 84 points, two behind Manchester City.
It’s fair to say Klopp will be hoping for much better fortune this season.