Jurgen Klopp, coming up to three years as Liverpool manager, claims it is too early for title talk.
Pull the other one.
Two games in — with a thumping 4-0 win over West Ham and a ruthless victory at Crystal Palace — the Reds are ready for the challenges ahead.
It is time somebody competed with City for the title and nobody is better equipped than Liverpool.
There is complete trust in Klopp’s work, with boardroom backing and the financial clout to recruit Naby Keita, Alisson, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri over the summer.
The giddy run to last season’s Champions League final, where they were eventually beaten by Real Madrid, has given them the confidence to run City close domestically.
Liverpool, without a title since 1990, did not spend upwards of £170million in the summer to stand still.
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The challenge is to stick to City, the team they beat three times last season, like glue from here on.
They are there at the moment, at the very start of a hot streak after James Milner and Sadio Mane saw them home on Monday.
Liverpool were ruthless and composed.
In Alisson, signed from Roma for £67m, they finally appear to have a top-class keeper. His performance at Selhurst Park showed maturity, adding another layer of security to Klopp’s improving defence.
His distribution, plus his save from Palace captain Luka Milivojevic’s free-kick, was excellent.
In front of him Virgil van Dijk looked immense, dominating his battle with Christian Benteke.
The ex-Liverpool striker barely got a kick.
Van Dijk has spoken warmly about Alisson’s arrival and it is clear how highly Liverpool’s players rate their new keeper.
It is early days in a title race but the feel-good factor that swept over the club when they made it to the final in Kiev remains.
Back at home it is all about the Premier League.
They are a serious threat to City’s ambitions, a free-scoring side with one of the most feared forward lines in the modern era. When Brendan Rodgers came close to winning the title in 2014, finishing two points behind City, Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling were the front three.
Mo Salah, Bobby Firmino and Mane look even better.
To wrestle the Premier League from City, to stop them dominating English football, is the challenge for Klopp this season.
Two games in, Liverpool already look ready to go the distance.
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