Liver­pudlians of rare merit!

Sportstar - - KNOW YOUR STARS - ANIRUDH VELAMURI

Liver­pool has started the sea­son in fine fash­ion, win­ning six games and draw­ing two — against fel­low ti­tle­con­tenders Chelsea and Manch­ester City — in the Premier League at the time of go­ing to press. While a heav­ily ro­tated side lost to Chelsea in the League Cup, the only blot in an oth­er­wise smooth sea­son was a last­minute loss in Naples in the Cham­pi­ons League.

Liver­pool’s at­tack­ing trio of Mo­hamed Salah, Sa­dio Mane and Firmino took all the plau­dits last year, and right­fully so, but the team’s de­fence let it down many a time — cul­mi­nat­ing in the Loris Kar­ius­led hor­ror show against Real Madrid in the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal. The pur­chase of Alis­son Becker from Roma and a fully­fit de­fen­sive line, for the most part, has seen Jurgen Klopp turn his side into a de­fen­sive pow­er­house.

Last sea­son, Liver­pool strug­gled against its fel­low ‘Top 6’ sides while hav­ing the odd hic­cup against the so­called ‘weaker’ teams. This sea­son, it has been ef­fec­tive, if not ruth­less, against the smaller teams, while putting up a good fight against the ‘Top 6’ ri­vals. Here, we take a look at five play­ers who have been at the heart of Liver­pool’s su­perb start.

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