Three games three wins without a single goal conceded is the best start for the Reds since 1994. What makes the start so much sweeter is the victory against the Auld Enemy at Anfield on Sunday.
Despite not playing as such, United are the defending champions but were relatively comfortably managed with few genuine causes for concern. The win has put us top of the table and even at this early stage of the season given fans a justifiable sense of optimism for the games ahead.
What really impressed me with the win against United was how solid the defence looked all game. After Kolo Toure was injured mid-week against Notts County a sense of fear and trepidation arose when considering the challenge posed by Man Utd on the horizon. Toure has developed a good relationship with Dan Agger becoming a lynch pin within at presently a water-tight defence. However Martin Skrtel slotted in seamlessly producing a near perfect performance and reminding all how good a defender he can be.
With the finalised signings of Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori the gaffer has put all defenders on notice with the increased competition for places. I think it’s no coincidence Jose Enrique produced what for me was his best defensive display in a red shirt against United with the knowledge Aly Cissokho et al are waiting in wings.
Defence has always been the foundation of a successful team and it looks like we should be fully covered in that department.
The signing of Sakho particularly excites me. A 23-year-old left-footed centre-back who can also play at left-back he has been considered a major prospect for some time now. Believed to be one of Europe’s most exciting defenders Sakho is blessed with pace, power and a fierce tackle thrown in for good measure. Frozen out at PSG due to their numerous big money signings Anfield could prove the ideal environment for Sakho to re-establish himself as a top defender in time for the World Cup next summer.
Ilori also arrives with a growing reputation. Described as a classy defender who’s good on the ball and dominant in the air he should prove a more than useful addition to the squad.
Brendan Rogers has stamped his mark on the squad now and so far the prognosis is looking positive. With Sturridge scoring on a regular basis and our defence keeping opposition attacks at bay the future definitely looks bright this season.
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