Is it finally Liverpool’s year?

It’s a question many Liverpool fans seem to be asking themselves in recent years. They battled with Manchester City all last season, but their massive 97 point total just wasn’t enough, and City walked away with their 4th Premier League title. It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Liverpool last season though as they did manage to win their 6th European Cup, cementing their place as England’s most successful club in European football. 

We are 11 games into the season and Liverpool currently sit top of the table unbeaten and six points clear of Manchester City. Manchester City have looked very shaky at the back this season and a long injury to Aymeric Laporte has been one of the main factors. Liverpool have scrapped through a few games with late winners against Leicester, Aston Villa and Sheffield United, but these are the wins that champions need however lucky fans says that Liverpool has been. 

Jurgen Klopp has installed this new energy and life into Liverpool these past two seasons and its really showing. In 2013/14 Liverpool were in pole position to go on and win the title after a late Philipe Coutinho strike gave them a big three points towards the Premier League title. A few games later Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip gave Man City their 2nd Premier League title.  

I think that one of the main factors to Liverpool’s good start to the season is the Champions League win at the end of last season. The only way that they can better themselves is to win the league and with the way they are playing you can see that it’s going to happen. Liverpool hadn’t won a trophy under Klopp’s reign until the Champions League win and now that the weight of winning a trophy is off Liverpool’s shoulders, they can look at how they can win the Premier League.  

Triple Threat 

Every time you watch the front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane you know that there is going to be goals. Salah was the player that took this Liverpool team to another level, he has won the Premier League golden boot in both of his seasons at Liverpool and scored the record amount in a single season (32). His quality has also helped his forward partners; Firmino and Mane. Both players are considered to be the best in the world, and you wouldn’t of said that 3 years ago.  

Midfield Maestros 

One of the best midfields in the world, this midfield trio is massively underrated and with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin back from injury Klopp is going to start having some selectin issues. Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum all bring quality to the Liverpool midfield. Henderson is a very simple midfielder, backwards and sideward passing but he runs everywhere and leaves everything out on that pitch. Fabinho is a great defensive midfielder, one of the best out there, he is always in the right place at the right time, collecting loose passes and starting attacks. Wijnaldum, the free-roaming midfielder in the three he uses his free roam role to push up the field to support the attack. With this he has scored some very important goals and assisted many. 

Defensive Rocks 

The best defence in the world, in my opinion, yes. Virgil Van Dijk is hands down the best player in the world right now. It took over 50 games for someone to just dribble past him. He has been a key part to that team ever since he signed. Especially as when Liverpool signed him the £75 million fee seemed laughable, but you can see he was worth every penny. Joel Matip is one of the most underrated players in the Premier League, he holds his own in this Liverpool team and that’s clear to see by how good he is at every aspect of the game. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson are hands down the best full-back partnership in the world. These two are basically wingers they get so high but have the ability to get back. TAA is still young and still improving his defensive aspect as it has been questioned a few times this season with Liverpool shipping more goals than they would expect. But he is still a class act and puts in consistent performances week in week out. He also holds the record for most assists as a defender in a Premier League season with 12. Robertson is the complete package, his work rate and desire is so clear to see every time he puts on that red shirt and he’s only lost once at Anfield, he was playing for Hull. Robertson and TAA work off each other so well that they don’t compromise Liverpool when they have to defend.  

For me this has to be Liverpool’s year, they have everything in every position with some quality players coming back from injury and coming through the academy it’s clear to see that everything is going right for Liverpool this season.  

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