Liverpool go into the spring break second in the Premier League, 11 points behind leaders Manchester City, and will have plenty to think about when they come back. How good has a run which saw them go six games without defeat been? Did they need the break, even in the congested Champions League, having failed to qualify for the knockout stages in the competition? No doubt those important questions will be asked when they get back to work in mid-March. Liverpool's European run has been equally impressive, drawing their last five games in Europe, including five home games. It also remains their best record in the competition.
Under Jurgen Klopp, the Reds have taken eight points off Manchester City and Chelsea, with a goal difference of plus-16 - within touching distance of their rivals. With 10 points from their first four games, it's been remarkable how well they've done on the road, not conceding in two of their four games, but none of the three wins did manage to see them beat one of the three Manchester clubs. None of the three other top-flight sides that currently have 100% record in the Premier League managed to draw against Liverpool (they managed 3-3 draws against City, United and Tottenham). City manager Pep Guardiola spoke on Monday evening about the lack of opportunities for Liverpool to dominate the game in the middle of the park, saying Liverpool have stopped pressing for long periods in games and when they have it's "been a question of fate" for their opponents. He insisted that "we need to work on the middle of the park, both the wingers and centre-halves".
Liverpool start in-division play next week, facing their rivals Everton on Tuesday.