Adrian Clarke looks at key tactical points and players who can be decisive in Matchweek 7.
Liverpool’s new-look central midfield is purring.
Together as a collective they exhibit a nice blend of athleticism and technical quality, and this has laid a strong platform for Liverpool's forward line to plunder goals.
As you would expect from three attack-minded individuals, they do have flaws without the ball.
Sometimes the trio are not as compact as Klopp would like, enabling opponents to slice through on a number of occasions to create opportunities.
Eight Premier League sides, for example, have faced fewer shots than unbeaten Liverpool so far.
Yet ahead of an exciting match at Tottenham Hotspur, the positives this three-man midfield provide heavily outweigh those areas of development.
Szoboszlai is a powerful but elegant midfielder who has already drawn comparisons with Liverpool great Steven Gerrard.
While it is premature to put the 22-year-old on that pedestal, he has been highly influential across the opening weeks of the campaign.
The Hungary international has tremendous skill on the ball, while his pace across the ground is also an outstanding asset, in and out of possession.
Clocked at a top speed of 36.76km/h, he is the third-fastest Premier League player this season, and by some distance the quickest among central midfielders.
Fastest PL players 23/24
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Szoboszlai is averaging 23 sprints per 90 minutes, a figure way in excess of the 13 per 90 of Jordan Henderson last season, the player he effectively replaced on the right side of midfield.
He uses that pace to frequently recover possession, and to drive past opponents in midfield.
His runs off the ball are hard to track, but he will also take players on with a dribble to open up space.
With World Cup winner Mac Allister holding the central ground as a single pivot, fellow box-to-box midfielder Jones works also tirelessly.
Last season Liverpool’s midfield was often overrun, but the Szoboszlai-Jones axis is machine-like in their athletic capabilities.
Of players to have made at least three starts, Jones ranks fourth for distance covered per 90, averaging 12.3km.
Midfielders' ave. distance covered 23/24
Smooth in possession
This current midfield trio are all very accomplished passers, with exceptionally high levels of technical ability.
Szoboszlai is a wonderfully clean striker of the ball, as he showed when fizzing an unstoppable half-volley into the bottom corner against Aston Villa.
His progressive forward passes are also lovely and crisp.
Szoboszlai's stunning strike v Villa
Playing to the left of Mac Allister, Jones - who also switches to the right on occasion - has simplified his distribution this season.
Keeping the ball moving with short, sharp passes, his 93.9 per cent passing accuracy is the best in Liverpool’s squad.
And Mac Allister, who has been occupying the holding role, is also top-class on the ball.
Mac Allister's superb assist for Nunez
Brilliant for large parts of last Sunday’s north London derby, they are a midfield unit that works incredibly hard out of possession to crowd the man on the ball.
Sarr's heat map v Arsenal
They will try to rush Szoboszlai, Jones and Mac Allister, and force mistakes from them.
Their effectiveness in that tactical ploy is likely to have a huge influence on the outcome of what promises to be a fascinating contest.