Jurgen Klopp has said that he wants his Liverpool to be 'the ugliest team to play against' as he and his charges push to lift silverware this season.
The Reds enjoyed a fine campaign last term, reaching the Champions League final as Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah scored an incredible 40 goals across all competitions.
Plenty of cause for celebration after a long period without a trophy, indeed, but Klopp isn't getting ahead of himself and reiterated that the club still haven't won anything under his stewardship.
“We really want to be the ugliest team to play against,” the German boss told a press conference ahead of Liverpool's clash with Southampton on Saturday.
“We didn’t win anything so far – not in the past and not this season – so let’s use the momentum and create a new momentum. That is the plan, and to do it with good football players.
“We don’t feel that [momentum] to be honest because we play, analyse, prepare; play, analyse, prepare and that is it.
“Maybe it’s because all the jobs are so difficult. There is no game where we have thought: ‘Thank God we have played them.’
“None of the results we have this season would have been possible without the greed you have seen or without the aggression you see. No chance.”
Defensive frailty was a major criticism of Liverpool last season, but the acquisition of Virgin van Dijk has helped steady the ship.
In addition, Joe Gomez has impressed as the Dutchman's partner at centre-back, and the new-found solidity has Klopp in good spirits – even if they did concede two against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
“The best news I have had in the last two weeks is how we have changed or reinvented again our defensive skills,” he went on.
“We didn’t need them too much in the first few games – it was not that we didn’t have to defend but they were different games.
“Against Tottenham and Paris I loved how we did it. We still played good football and that was a really big step in the season so far.”