With the halfway point of the season upon us, so far it has been a Premier League year in which red is definitely trumping blue. Manchester City might be the reigning champions, but Pep Guardiola’s men are currently languishing down in third position, with past surprise league winners Leicester City a point above them in second.
Flying higher than anyone in the country, though, are the red men of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. Still unbeaten in the domestic league and currently eight points clear of their nearest placed rivals, it does seem as though the stars are finally aligning to drive Liverpool to their first ever Premier League title, and first top flight title since the 1989/90 season when it was still the First Division.
The question on everyone’s lips in the run-up to the busy Christmas fixture period is, will Liverpool continue to be unstoppable in this year’s Premier League season?
Especially Punters, who place bets on Liverpool need to be clever to evaluate the situation before betting on future Liverpool matches. Sometimes quick decisions have to be made, that’s why betting
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Important Games Left to Play
Being top of the table is by no means a guarantee of winning the league and nobody knows that better than Liverpool in recent times! Klopp’s men found themselves in a similar position this time last season, sitting pretty at the top of the league before experiencing a drop in form and allowing Manchester City to overtake them at the business end of the season.
With all of the season’s reverse fixtures still left to be played, Liverpool will need to be wary
of maintaining their form in ties against top of the table rivals like Leicester City, Chelsea
and, of course, Manchester City. Until an unreachable points total has been achieved, there are no guarantees to who is going to be lifting the trophy in May.
Key Players to Keep Fit
Manager Jurgen Klopp has put together one of the most impressive and dynamic squads in Premier League history, and the key to securing the league title will absolutely be down to keeping that first choice starting eleven as fit as possible.
There are no surprises in the fact that forwards Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are providing crucial goals, with eight and six netted in the league respectively so far. Roberto Firmino isn’t far behind, chipping in four of his own to add to Liverpool’s free-flowing attacking play.
Equally as important for the team has been the presence of Virgil van Dijk at the back. Making a serious claim for being the best player in any position in the world at this current time, van Dijk’s contributions to shoring up Liverpool’s once leaky defence have been essential in their sustained pushes both this season and last season.
There is no doubting that Liverpool have a strong and deep squad with the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, and Jordan Henderson all chipping in, but losing a star like Salah, Mane or van Dijk to injury could prove detrimental to the title race. We can also be curious to see how Liverpool can deal with the injury of defensive midfielder Fabinho in the coming weeks.
Distractions from Other Competitions
Having been crowned kings of Europe with a victory over Tottenham Hotspur in last season’s UEFA Champions League final, Liverpool will be keen to continue their success in that particular competition. Sitting above Napoli at the top of their group stage table, Liverpool are set to go deep in the competition once again but could focus on other tournaments be detrimental to the title push?
Along with the Champions League, the Reds are through to the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup and will enter into the FA Cup at the third-round stage. With history in all of these competitions, fans will be expecting Liverpool to put in strong performances in every round. Not to mention the Club World Cup which has already proven problematic for match scheduling.
Liverpool will need to be careful in managing their efforts in each of these competitions. Is it worth fielding under strength sides in certain tournaments in order to give themselves the best possible change of Premier League glory?
Coping with The Pressure
As we know, not all factors are based completely on player fitness and talent. As the title gets closer, the mental strength of the Liverpool players will be tested more than ever before. We all remember the infamous Steven Gerrard ‘slip’ that saw that Liverpool side’s title chances disappear in 2013/14 season.
If the likes of van Dijk, Henderson, Salah, and co. can handle the pressure, then this year presents the best chance of a maiden Premier League title that the club has ever had.