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Can Liverpool really win the Premier League?

Sunday 2nd December 2018

In the last 28 years, Liverpool has come close to winning England's top division but not quite managed it. Near misses in 2002, '09 and '14 still leave a bitter taste in the mouths of Anfield's passionate fans. This season, though, the Reds seem to have overcome their demons. They currently sit second on the table with 33 points from 13 games. It's their best ever start to a Premier League campaign. 

Despite Liverpool's promising form, they still trail Manchester City by two points. That aside, there is a growing belief this could be their time. The Reds look imperious at present, having addressed major issues in the summer transfer window. Can they continue such fine performance to win their first Premier League title come May? 

Battling against Manchester City

While Liverpool have been brilliant so far this season, one team has trumped them. Man City eased to the title with 100 points last campaign, 25 more than Jurgen Klopp's men. It meant the Merseysiders had much to catch up on.    

A successful summer, Liverpool brought in Alisson Becker, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri. Those signings not only added midfield depth but also improved their much-criticised goalkeeping department. The Reds' squad is now excellent, no doubt. Their problem is that City's depth, especially in attacking areas, tops every Premier League side.     

Could Liverpool cope without Mohamed Salah in the same way Man City have without Kevin De Bruyne?

Champions League distraction

One thing which could work against Liverpool's quest for Premier League success is European competition. They reached the Champions League final last season, losing to a Gareth Bale-inspired Real Madrid. The Reds are determined to go one better come May at the Wanda Metropolitano. 

Klopp has lost two Champions League finals as a manager. If the opportunity arises to finally land that elusive trophy, he will make sure his players give all they have to do it. A feeling among Liverpool supporters is their team missed a trick last season. Actively pursuing to make amends may affect the Reds' domestic chances, however.   

Mental block

In 2009 and '14, Liverpool looked destined for Premier League triumph. But on both occasions, they missed out due to a perceived mental block. Their players had Anfield's raucous fans dreaming of the impossible before a capitulation at vital moments ensured Manchester United and City lifted the trophy in those years respectively.

Who could possibly forget Steven Gerrard's slip against Chelsea and the collapse at Crystal Palace that made Luis Suarez shed tears? For the Reds to fair better this campaign, they must not think so far ahead.  

Klopp’s recent record

The charismatic Jurgen Klopp needs a trophy badly. Having arrived at Liverpool three years ago and since received heavy financial backing, he must now add silverware. If not, the club's owners may start to think the German isn't the man for the job.    

Klopp's barren run will worry Reds fans. His last trophy was the 2014 German Super Cup at Borussia Dortmund. He has lost three finals while managing in England, pointing to the fact he's not infallible.

However, due to the way Klopp has improved Liverpool in recent times, he can guide them to this season's Premier League title. Ending the Kop's 28 years of hurt and disappointment is a realistic possibility. 

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Nacy Adams

29-year-old freelance writer, writing about football is what i enjoy doing, I love Manchester United. 

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