– They are at the top of the Premier League for the first time since August 2002 and the goals are flowing with a rapidity and style to evoke memories of their halcyon days. What is more, Liverpool have found a level of form that even Chelsea and Manchester United will struggle to match. A sublime quality blew Derby away and left supporters to rejoice in the team’s best start to a season in nine years. And all this without Steven Gerrard.
Trevor Haylett, The Sunday Telegraph
– Even taking into account the poverty of Derby County, Liverpool were in glorious, free-wheeling, free-scoring form and from their joyous reaction, the Kop clearly senses that this might just, at last, be their season.
Ronald Atkin, The Independent
– From start to finish, this was a dominant display, inspired by Xabi Alonso’s midfield generalship, Jermaine Pennant’s prodigious work on the wings, stellar finishing by Fernando Torres and a workrate and ambition that glowed throughout the team and was a sight to behold. Liverpool, in short, were magnificent.
Brian Doogan, The Times