Dejan Lovren feels Liverpool’s players are now fully accustomed to Jürgen Klopp’s tactical blueprint for trips to the homes of their rivals.
The Reds produced another hugely impressive away performance last night, with an early goal from Lovren and a stunning long-range effort from captain Jordan Henderson earning a 2-1 victory over Chelsea.
The win at Stamford Bridge means Klopp’s side have taken seven points from Premier League outings at Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea this season, with an off-day and 2-0 defeat at Burnley the only blemish on their 2016-17 away record.
Since Klopp’s arrival at Anfield last October, Liverpool are unbeaten in six league visits to Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City, while they also claimed a 1-1 draw at Manchester United in last season’s Europa League last-16 second leg following a 2-0 first-leg win at Anfield.
And speaking after Friday’s game, Lovren said that the boss’ strategy for these heavyweight clashes is something that he and his teammates are comfortable with.
“We know what we need to do when we come to away games, especially against big teams like Chelsea,” the centre-back told Liverpoolfc.com.
“We are a team who wants to play, who wants to win - we are not a team who will defend deep and await our chances.
“It’s always the same speech [from Klopp], always positive! We need to keep working hard. We’ve had a great week in training so everyone was positive.
“Of course I’m always happy to score but I’m more happy with the performance of the team, I think we played brilliantly, especially in the first half. We controlled our football. [It’s an] Amazing win.”
Liverpool have now taken 10 points from their opening five games of the Premier League season, with four of those fixtures having been played away and their only home match being last weekend’s 4-1 demolition of champions Leicester City.
The Reds’ recent performances have raised the levels of excitement and expectation around the club, but Lovren insists there is still work to do.
“It’s too early to talk about that [a title challenge] but we are positive and we can keep playing well,” the Croatia international added.
“We have so many players here on the bench that can make a difference, we have a brilliant squad, the 25 players here, even those in the stand are top players.
“It’s a challenge for all of us to be 100 per cent in training and that’s what keeps us improving every day.”