Still top of the league table and with three competitions underway, Liverpool have plenty of reason for optimism as we head into October.
During the month of September the Reds faced five matches, four of which were away from home, which makes it all the more impressive that four more victories were attained.
There are even more games ahead in October, with six fixtures for the Reds and another international break, so here’s a look back at who impacted the most for Jurgen Klopp‘s team and those in the Academy.
Most appearances: 5 – James Milner; 4 – Ten players.
An unchanged back line for the games in league and Europe mean that a host of players played in four games, but Milner—two starts, three as sub—was the only player to feature in all five.
Given their importance to the team in an attacking sense, it’s good to see end product once more from the two full-backs—but the star of the defence this month was undoubtedly Joel Matip.
The big centre-back has been excellent of late, even factoring in his consistent calendar year.
Elsewhere, Fabinho‘s presence is being noted in both halves of the pitch and, even though actually scoring has dried up of late, it’s heartening to see the front three still being in positions where they can make and take chances on goal.
Most appearances: 4 – Tony Gallacher, Neco Williams, Elijah Dixon-Bonner.
Top goalscorer: 4 – Curtis Jones.
Four games, four draws—that’s the month the U23s have enjoyed…or perhaps endured.
More pleasingly, though, a number of the U23s featured for the Reds’ senior side against MK Dons in the League Cup.
Most appearances: 4 – Jake Cain.
Top goalscorer: 3 – Fidel O’Rourke.
Most assists: 2 – Jake Cain, Leighton Clarkson.
September started in tricky fashion but got better for the U18s, as the young Reds were heavily beaten by Man City but bounced back with a draw and two wins.
It’s back to European action next against Salzburg in October—and the the U18 mini-derby to look forward to for Barry Lewtas’ side, against Everton.