Trent Alexander-Arnold insists Liverpool are yet to reach top gear this season.
And to show how high Liverpool’s standards are, Alexander-Arnold admits his teammates were disappointed by their superb 3-1 win over City last month as they conceded a late consolation goal.
“Yeah, we are nowhere near 100 per cent,” he told the Daily Mail.
“I am not sure we have had a game yet where we have been happy with our performance.
“The City game was excellent but even then we were disappointed that we conceded. It’s hard to accept but for us it’s about winning.
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“You don’t get given anything for pretty football, do you?”
Liverpool came within inches of ending their 29-year wait for a top-flight title when they amassed 97 points last season.
But it was City who were crowned champions of England for a second successive campaign thanks to an outstanding 14-game winning run, which saw them finish a point ahead of the Reds.
Now, Alexander-Arnold is refusing to get carried away by Liverpool’s healthy lead over City, admitting Pep Guardiola’s side are capable of matching last season’s heroics.
“We got all the fans’ hopes up and played outstanding football but ultimately we didn’t get there, we disappointed them.
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“It doesn’t matter how it happened or how we lost it. We could have lost the last five games or won them all, as we did, and it wouldn’t really have changed anything. It was still the same disappointment.
“We wanted to win it so much and the fans wanted us to win it so much, but we couldn’t do it.
“Last season City won the last 14 or 15 games on the bounce and they can do it again, can’t they? It’s hard to get too excited right now.”