Much of the thoughts running through the minds of the Red faithfuls presently will be ‘is this the season?, are we finally going to end the premier league drought? My guess is as good as yours. Having not won the championship since its inception in the past 26 years, many would begin to tout them as the favourites as they perch currently on the other nineteen teams and more importantly four points clear of Manchester city (the only genuine contender), but the question remains, will the Kop remain on top come may?
Liverpool have been in similar waters on three previous occasions i.e. they have toppled the championship table at Christmas and not won the title in the end, the most recent being the 2013/2014 season with the highlight of that season, the infamous Steven Gerrard’s slip against Chelsea. Doubtlessly, Liverpool are the best side in the English top flight having gone 18 games without a defeat, a feat only matched by Juventus and PSG. Besides being undefeated, Liverpool has shown much more improvements in every department from management to players.
To start with, the scouting department had completed great deals to have acquired the likes of Fabinho, Nabil Keita and Allison (Becker). Kudos to them as they recognized the parts of the team needing much improvement and those requiring backups and long term replacements. Acquisition of Allison is arguably the best deal for the Reds after a couple of goalkeeping blunders by Karius cost them the UEFA champions league last May in Kiev against Real Madrid. In the case of Fabinho and Keita, Klopp has done the better job especially by showing patience to these two players who started on a rough patch and has found a way of integrating them into the team in recent games. Expectedly, they have shown much progress and the former bagged an assist in the Reds’ win against Wolverhampton Wanderers while both players definitely seem long term replacements for ageing James Milner and Jordan Henderson.
It is unsurprising that Liverpool have chipped in numerous goals but lower than what they scored at this time last season, apparently, they have no problem in front of the goal; more notably is their rock-solid defence which has shown great improvement having conceded just 7 goals while helping out Allison to 11 clean sheets (the best in the league). The big question now is, can they survive the top till the end of the season? Anyways, it seems clear the title is Liverpool’s to lose despite being just four points clear; Liverpool has shown much maturity as they are now showing patience and admirable team-work, building up to goals unlike last season which all they do is continually pressurise teams with little focus on resisting opposition attacks. Likewise, they have shown much consistency by not losing out to less ranked teams.
The season is still a long one and the second half of it is definitely packed with surprises. Will Liverpool become champions for the 1st time ever come May, or will history repeat itself? It is ours to wait and see.