Rafael Benitez has given his verdict on Liverpool’s superb start to the season, explaining just what makes Jurgen Klopp’s side so difficult to beat.
Former Liverpool manager Benitez was asked to give his analysis on the club’s successful start to the season, with the Reds having opened up an eight-point advantage at the top of the Premier League following an unbeaten start to the campaign.
Hopes have been raised on Merseyside that this could finally be their year, and Benitez believes the club’s consistency, pace and aggressive pressing style gives them a good chance of being crowned champions.
Asked during his appearance on Sky Sports on Monday night if Jurgen Klopp’s side would finally win the title this season, Benitez said: “I think so.
“I think they are doing so well. They are very consistent. Normally, you can win games and you can lose some games but they are very consistent. It is very difficult for them to lose games and for them to lose games in a row, for sure.
“I think they have been signing the right players for the last few years. Spending money, obviously, but very good players in the right positions. The things that the manager was looking for. And they have the right balance.
“They have the goalkeeper and the defenders. They have the full-backs who go forward and the strikers have pace and ability. The midfielders, they press all the time. So as soon as they attack you, if they give the ball away, they are pressing you.
“So it is very difficult to counter-attack, it is very difficult to create something. If you are a team that has plenty of possession, they are so aggressive it is not easy. If you are a team that wants to play counter-attack, they are so quick.
“We tried with Newcastle United but we could not get behind them because they were faster than our players. That’s it.
“If you don’t have a team that is as strong as them then it is very difficult because you have to defend. If you have very good players who can keep the ball in possession then you can try but it will be difficult because they are aggressive.
“These three players up front, they can press, they are quick, so it is not easy to play from the back.”