Liverpool’s results in recent weeks haven’t been those of title winners. Three draws in their last five has taken them out of the driving seat and behind a side nobody wants to be chasing, Manchester City.
While many have been keen to write the Reds off, they only sit a point behind the Champions, so it’s still all to play for.
It’ll be an uphill battle, with many twists and turns, but can Liverpool finally get their hands on a Premier League title? We balance out the fors and againsts…
Liverpool Will Win The Title
It won’t be the first time a team has come from behind in the last nine weeks to win a title. In fact, one point is very little in the grand scheme of things. The likes of Manchester United, and even City themselves have overcome much bigger deficits, and in shorter periods too.
Despite this, the bookmakers now have Jurgen Klopp’s men at 12/5, the highest price in some time, so if you do believe they can win the league, now is the time to back them. You get the impression bookmakers have nailed their flag firmly to Manchester City’s mast now and if you try out the Mcbookie betting offers currently being promoted, you could well bag a tidy price pot with a Reds win.
In recent years, the bookies got it wrong with Leicester who were priced at as high as 5000/1 before the season started. And back in 2012, few predicted the manner in which City would win the title. So could the bookmakers be wrong again this season?
Liverpool certainly have the favourable fixtures, with Burnley and Fulham in the next few weeks and an April that sees them take on Cardiff and Huddersfield.
On the other hand, City face a tough April with an extra fixture and a run of Crystal Palace away, Tottenham Hotspur at home and the Manchester Derby at Old Trafford. If points are to be dropped, here is where the Reds should be looking to capitalise.
On top of that, City also have extra games in the FA Cup to think about as well as the Champions League, the trophy the club are desperate to win. Distraction could play a huge part, which will play into Liverpool’s hands, particularly if Pep puts all his focus into that.
With City still eyeing up four titles the chances are something will give. That happened last year, and it could well happen in the league this time around.
Liverpool Won’t Win The League
Of course, Liverpool are still battling away in the Champions League too and it’s likely will have to prioritise one or the other given the depth of squad they have.
Laying the ghosts of the Champions League Final last year could be on their minds, which could harm their league form going forward, especially if they go deeper into the knockout stages.
One thing they don’t have on their side is the squad they have. Recent games against Manchester United and Everton showed they don’t have the ability to really make a difference from the bench, and when Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane aren’t quite at the races, they have few players who can step in.
Look at Manchester City and they have a stable of attacking players that can come in and out and provide like-for-like quality replacements. Which could be the major difference.
Reds will be certainly worried about this, particularly as Salah has failed to replicate the same form as last term. An injury to him or Mane and the club could be in trouble.
The nerves are starting to show now and if Liverpool don’t combat this, it’s already race over. Jurgen Klopp’s recent post-match interviews have been erratic and his tactics do appear to be fairly one dimensional, relying heavily upon the fullbacks.
Three draws in four games give the impression clubs have figured that out and they face a tough task as other teams will look to dent their title hopes further.
The bookies aren’t fancying them much longer and the next few weeks are going to be crucial. Win at home to Burnley on Saturday and confidence will begin to rise again, lose and it could be the moment we look back on and mark as where Liverpool lost the title.