I personally think that Liverpool can win the league this season. My main reason been that the Premier League is the toughest league in the world to win back to back and with the added pressures of Europe for Manchester City, which should be their main priority! City are still hot favourites to retain their title but you have to go back nine years since the last team retained a title. Manchester United achieved it under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Since then it’s been a different winner in each season, with the surprise winners Leicester City in the 15-16 season. If the trend follows suit it will be an exciting season ahead for all, next up is Huddersfield away after the international break. Then its whipping boys Cardiff at Anfield. So six points expected in those games. Then its a difficult away match against a rejuvenated Arsenal team.
Jürgen Klopp would say “we’ll take it game by game.” But it’s very hard not to get excited about this team.
If Liverpool can keep the squad fit and keep the competition for places then we’ll be there come the end of season challenging for the title. It looks nailed on to be a three horse race between City, Liverpool and Chelsea, but you never know, if United and Spurs get their acts together they could be close too. I think the top 4 will consist of Liverpool, City, Chelsea and Spurs. Chelsea have Thursday Europa league football so that could have a bearing on their season. Injuries will be a factor too with all the clubs. Manchester City have the strongest squad out of all the sides. With Kevin De Bruyne not far away from being back in contention for City too!
Klopp isn’t getting too carried away either.
“The Premier League (is harder to win than the Bundesliga) for sure,” he said.
“You have to be ready for all these games. Seven years ago was a completely different time, football has changed. The Premier League is a different challenge for us. I don’t want to compare it but if you could beat Bayern it was good because usually they had won all their other games. That will not happen here. Even City couldn’t do that last year. They got 100 points, but that was a rare thing to do. My experience taught me that you only play twice against Bayern in a season. Okay, we often played against them three times because of the cup final, but usually it’s only two. Here we have more teams like this. If City isn’t the number one then there will be others going for it.”
One positive for Liverpool is that they haven’t even hit top form yet. It’s scary to think if things come together and the players all hit top form how good they could be. If Jürgen Klopp can rotate well this season and keep the squad fit and happy then it will stand to us over the long season. James Milner looks like he’s out for three to four weeks, so that opens up the door for Fabinho, Shaqiri, Keita or even Lallana to take his place in the team. My personal choice would be Shaqiri in the 10 role. It worked wonders against Southampton, so why not give him another chance!
Ex Liverpool player and manager Graeme Souness thinks the current squad is the best since the 1990 champions. He said while working on Sky Sports:
“Van Dijk has made an enormous difference. If you look at the back four, theirs possibly 10 years in all of them, especially if the goalkeeper is the real deal. You’ve got two young full-backs in Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, Joe Gomez and Van Dijk; there’s possibly 10 years of playing together there. If you’ve got that, what stability that gives you. If you get that right, you don’t give daft goals away, you believe in each other, then the guys at the other end can nick you games when you defend properly. Liverpool are as strong as I can remember, going back to when they were winning the league last time. This is the strongest group they’ve had since then.”
With ex-players making comments like that you can’t help but feel that the title isn’t too far away from us! Now all we need to do is take it game by game and don’t make silly mistakes against the lower teams. You win titles by beating the lesser teams. As we all know already we can beat the teams around us so fingers crossed come May we’re lifting our first league title since 1990..