"If someone had told me after both games against Man City that we were four points clear, I would have paid money for it, you cannot believe.
"I didn't think it would be possible. Football is like this. If we win this [match] and are 10 points ahead and from that point win no games, then nothing happens."
Those were the words of Jurgen Klopp in the aftermath of Liverpool’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City at the beginning of this month, with the German trying to remain upbeat in spite of their rivals closing the gap.
Arguably the main reasons why Liverpool are four points clear are 22 games and taking just one point from two games against City is down to their improvement in defence. Virgil van Dijk has been an absolute colossus at the back, while another signing has also made a huge difference.
Between the sticks, Alisson Becker has been the club’s best goalkeeper since the days of Pepe Reina, having won the team points on more than one occasion and has kept a league-high 13 clean sheets in 22 games.
Arguably his top moment so far came against Napoli, as the Brazilian made an outstanding save to deny Arkadiusz Milik in the closing seconds of the game to ensure Liverpool progressed to the knockout stages of the Champions League.Watch below to see the best of Alisson from the first half of the season so far.