CAN LIVERPOOL WIN THE PREMIER LEAGUE?
Coach Jurgen Klopp has helped the Reds dream again after years of below-par performance.
Liverpool is now a team that can defeat any opposition in the Premier League. They have embarrassed the defending Champions Leicester City already; they were too much for Arsenal to handle in the season’s opener, they humbled Chelsea as well. Manchester United and Manchester City look like teams that Liverpool could defeat or get a point like they did against Tottenham Hotspurs. Liverpool have gone close to winning the Premier League on two occasions in the last decade.
Rafa Benitez was close in the 2008/2009 season with the likes of Pepe Reina, Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, Steven Gerrard, and Fernando Torres. Former Liverpool coach – currently with Scottish side Celtic – Brendan Rodgers went close to winning the Premier League, building the core of his team around Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, and Raheem Sterling.
Both teams produced an impressive run to the title win but stumbled somewhere, somehow! Kloop’s team have started well, and it might also end well. However, the fear is if they would eventually lift the Premier League. Manchester City and Spurs are ahead in the current standings after six games but when European competitions start stressing the teams, Liverpool would have an advantage since they have no distractions.
Benitez had Ryan Babel as his favourite sub, but there were players like Nabil El Zhar, Lucas Leiva, David N’Gog and Israeli star Yossi Bernayoun. Rodgers has Victor Moses, Joe Allen and Luis Alberto. Klopp has Divock Origi, Kevin Stewart, Emre Can and Moreno. Liverpool’s failure to go the full length cost them the title as Manchester City won. City still pose a serious threat this term with Pep Guardiola focused on making a statement in his year in charge.