Liverpool have the chance to break a club record on Monday night when they make the trip to Swansea having never won their opening 4 matches in a Premier League season. The last time they made such an impressive start was back in 1994/95 when Robbie Fowler netted in all three of their opening league games, with Daniel Sturridge becoming only the second ever Reds player to achieve such a feat.
It's fair to say that much of the credit has gone to the front man, and it's not surprising given the fact that his three goals have sealed 1-0 victories in each of their games thus far. Nevertheless, the fact that they have kept clean sheets in all of their three matches - the only side to do so - has played just as significant a part.
The Merseysiders have the chance to keep four consecutive clean sheets in the league and will fancy their chances of doing so having not conceded in either match against Swansea last season. With the Swans losing four and winning none of their last six home matches in the division, Brendan Rodgers will be confident of maintaining top spot after facing his former club.
While the signing of Kolo Toure has been heralded as somewhat of a masterstroke, and rightly so after the Ivorian's start at the club, Martin Skrtel was able to return to the fold and put in a great performance against United last time out. It's clear that their strength in that area has played a big part in Liverpool's success thus far, with Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori brought in to add even more competition at the back.
Liverpool have made 88 tackles in the league this season, which is eight more than any other team in the division. The fact that their closest competitors are Crystal Palace, Stoke, Sunderland and Aston Villa speaks wonders of the work rate of this Reds side, who, by nature, are under the cosh considerably less than their counterparts. It's clear that Rodgers has asked his side to pressurise the opposition, and there are few players as capable or willing to do so as Lucas Leiva.
The Brazilian took a little while to get back to his best following a lengthy spell on the sidelines but now fully fit he is one of this team's most important players. Given that the side as a whole has made the most tackles in the league it comes as no surprise that Lucas has made more than any other player in the division with 18.
His work in midfield isn't pretty, and therefore is often overlooked, but the 26-year old ticks play over nicely. Only ten players have completed more passes in the league this season (170), with Lucas' 86.7% accuracy indicative of his safety first approach, often feeding the plentiful creative players at the club having won the ball back for his side in midfield.
The Brazilian is not particularly tall, standing under 5'11", but his commitment in the challenge, be it on the ground or in the air usually sees him come out on top. He's won eight aerial duels already this season from 11 in total and after a nightmare spell with injuries he's back to his best, reinforcing the fact that he remains one of the league's strongest defensive midfielders.
All statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com, where you can find yet more stats, including live in-game data and unique player and team ratings.
Martin Laurence - @martinlaurence7