Are Liverpool serious title contenders?

Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool have turned heads so far this season with an impressive run of results that has put them 4th in the league, only two points off the leaders. Is this the year that they can finally make it last?

It has to be said that being a Liverpool fan in recent years has been frustrating; with no trophy in 4 years and somewhat of a merry-go-round of players and coaching staff. However, now that Klopp is starting to put his stamp on the team there seems to be a real belief around the newly extended Anfield, and the German’s charisma coupled with an attractive brand of attacking football makes it difficult not to become captivated by the reds, coming from a Manchester United fan!

A lot of the panache and ingenuity in the side is derived from the Brazilian duo of Firmino and Coutinho, who’ve notched up 6 goals and 2 assists between them in only seven games. In Klopp’s system, he gives these kind of players license to drift across the forward line, causing confusion amongst Premier League defences.

A lot of Liverpool’s early season success has to be credited to the hardworking nature of a Klopp team. We’ve seen a trend so far this season in how hard the top teams work when not in possession of the ball; in fact, the top four teams after seven games (Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool) also top the table in average distance covered in a game.

Liverpool are of course are helped out by their absence in European competition this season. Whilst the likes of Man United could potentially be playing anonymous Romanian team away before a big game, Liverpool will have plenty of preparation time before each league fixture. This could prove vital towards the closing stages of the domestic season.

Now that the wheels seem to have fallen off the Leicester City bus and with Manchester United and Chelsea not out of the traps yet, Liverpool will most likely be battling with Man City and Arsenal for the title; both of whom have the added pressure of the Champions League to overcome. In what promises to be a thrilling season, Kopites have reason to be excited, and Jürgen Klopp is determined to reinstate Liverpool’s prowess as one of English football’s elite.

 

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