These might still be the embryonic stages of the new Premier League season but Liverpool firmly leave the impression they are cherishing the view from the top of the table. They might take some shifting, too, judging by their superiority here against another of the teams who will switch to Champions League duty in the next few days. It was Liverpool’s fifth straight win, only the third time in their history they have started a top-division season so immaculately, and perhaps the most frightening thought for the teams playing catch-up is that Mohamed Salah has still not quite finding his most exhilarating form of last season.
Not that Salah was too shabby during those long spells when Liverpool overwhelmed their opponents and, in the process, put down a marker at the start of a challenging run that will also see them take on Chelsea and Manchester City in the coming weeks. Once again, the front line of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané, shimmered with menace. Yet there is also growing evidence that Liverpool can no longer be considered a lopsided team. The partnership between Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk is flourishing and until the final few minutes of stoppages, when the substitute Erik Lamela scored for Spurs, it was difficult to think of another period when Alisson, the away team’s goalkeeper, was in genuine danger.