Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has refused to get carried away after an excellent start to the 2016/17 campaign.
Klopp’s side are unbeaten since their 2-0 defeat to Burnley on August 20, and currently sit fourth in the league table.
“We are far away from Christmas now and after Christmas there’s January, February, March, April, May and then it stops.
“So it’s a long, long, long race and I never saw in any race that if you have to run 20km that after 5km you [celebrate].
“I know there’s a lot of work to do still.”
This represented something of an overhaul of Klopp’s squad ranks ahead of 2016/17, but despite this, the manager insisted the changes he had made were only minor.
“The big difference between us and the rest of the people in the Liverpool world was that everyone thought we should change a lot of the team,” he continued.
“We changed a few things but not a lot.
“Most of the players who performed most of the time last year are still here. That’s what we want to build on.
“We brought a few things in, that’s true. A few new skills. But it’s all about the base that we already had.”
Meanwhile James Milner produced an exceptional performance in his new role at left-back, and this is perhaps the most salient example of this embryonic stage for the Reds.
Klopp knows there is still work to be done, but the early signs suggest Liverpool have landed on their feet in a new landscape in 2016/17.