Are Liverpool Serious Title Contenders?
It’s a question that realistically has not crossed the minds of even the most optimistic Scousers in recent years, if not decades. Twenty four years since Liverpool’s’ last league title is an unwelcome statistic that Brendan Rodgers and his troops are so desperately seeking to rectify and they certainly seem to be on the right track.
Could this season be the one to provide Liverpool with arguably their most memorable trophy in their rich history? Are they serious contenders for the much coveted Premier League title this season? It still sounds somewhat bizarre to associate Liverpool with the potential of claiming their first league title in twenty four years, but yesterdays ‘perfect performance’ at Tottenham, as described by manager Brendan Rodgers, has certainly provided the Reds with a whole new air of confidence heading into the congested Christmas period.
It had been five years since Liverpool won at White Hart Lane; with five consecutive league defeats for the Reds. Yesterday put that unwanted fact to bed for Rodgers’ men, and in some style. Liverpool blew Spurs away from start to finish. It was a domination that left most Reds fans in disbelief that their team could produce such a flawless performance. Spurs had no shots on target, and realistically they should have lost by more. The 5-0 score line inflicted the worst home defeat on Spurs in sixteen years, yet it was still somewhat flattering for the North London club.
Suarez was once again in top form, but the most pleasing factor has to be that the absence of both Gerrard and Sturridge is not affecting the teams’ performances, in fact, it is quite the opposite.
Henderson was immense yesterday, he controlled midfield and the man-of-the-match award was befitting of what was his best game to date for Liverpool. Sterling also enjoyed his best outing for the Reds and it could be argued that Flanagan did the same.
The performance yesterday will have Scousers full of optimism heading into the busy Christmas period. Next up is the early kick-off against Cardiff this Saturday, where a win will see Rodgers’ side go top, for a few hours at least.
The away fixtures to Chelsea and Manchester City may well provide a huge indication of Liverpool’s title aspirations, but it is also fair to state that Rodgers would snap your hand off now for a top 4 finish.
Football can be very unpredictable at times, but Manchester City is still the overwhelming favourite to lift the Premier League trophy come the end of the season. However, as we all know, there are no guarantees in football, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens in 2014…
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