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Is this Liverpool's year?

Monday 31st October 2016
For as long as I can remember the discussion has been the same, is this Liverpool's year? Ever since their last title win, some 26 years ago, The Reds have on many occasions come so close, but yet so far.

In this barren run of 26 years, there have been a few instances where Liverpool came close, for example, the 2013 season where they had the deadly partnership of Louis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge.

Despite having a very shaky defence, the Anfield side challenged the Champions of that year Manchester City all the way to the final day of the season. In-fact, Liverpool that year were in the ascendancy and the team's performances against Crystal Palace and Chelsea would go on to cost them dearly.

The Liverpool manager at the time Brendan Rodgers wasn't able to balance both the Premier League and the Champions League the following season. As a result, Liverpool failed miserably in Europe and in the league too.

After excelling in Europe last year by reaching the final of the Europa League, just like in 2013 The Reds suffered in the league, finishing eighth.

Just like in 2013, Liverpool as a result of not being in European competition look to be benefitting as a result. With the Premier League two months in, the Anfield side are very much in the midst of things with the top sides.

Currently, Jurgen Klopp's men are joint top with Manchester City and Arsenal with all the teams locked on 23 points. The main factor which is different to other years, is the match against Crystal Palace.

Yes, I know this is just one game, but in the past, yours truly has been quite vocal in writing off Liverpool's title hopes for games like this. Liverpool this year haven't had any difficulties in playing the big sides.

Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United haven't beaten Liverpool, but Burnley have. With the greatest respect to The Clarets, this is where the issue is. If a team is serious about winning the league, then they have to win at places like Turf Moor.

The match against Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace who have been a bogey side for Liverpool, was no doubt going to provide a stern test, especially with Selhurst Park arguably being a very daunting place to go.

In the past Liverpool have come to South London and returned empty handed, but this time out despite the game being 2-2, Liverpool managed to battle back and take all three points and win the game 4-2.

Another issue that I had been critical of is Liverpool's defending, but with the signing of Joel Matip, this issue has arguably gone some way to being resolved. To think Matip was a free transfer from Schalke!

Despite the former Schalke man's impressive performances for Liverpool at the heart of the defence, The Reds have kept only one clean sheet in some 12 games. Even that game was because Man United almost swore an oath that they weren't going to give it a go!

The season is still young, but I am not going to say what arguably Liverpool fans do most years that "this is their year", let's fight the temptation just yet.

Ayyaz Malik

Hi guys, I am Ayyaz. I type by day and I type by night, I type what others are thinking. I eat, drink and sleep football (I think in that order) . Watching football is part of my five a day. They say money makes the world go round, yeah right we all know it's football that makes the world go round. I am a Manchester United fan for my sins.

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