5 reasons liverpool can win the title

5 Reasons Liverpool Will Win the League

Liverpool’s excellent start to the season has seen them being tipped by many to better their 2nd place finish in the 2013/14 season by ending the season at the top of the pile.

Klopp’s passionate touchline antics would seemingly pay off if the Reds do claim the Premier League crown, but can they?

The group of players currently plying their trade for the Merseysiders are a stark contrast to the team that came close to winning it.

Only a few players in Liverpool’s current first-team actually featured under Brendan Rodger’s in that fateful season, nd they’ve either gotten much better since then or have faced a bit of a decline.

With the helmsman as energetic as ever and his players ready to go past any obstacle, we’ll be looking at five reasons why Liverpool can win the league;

The Middle of the Park

The midfield combo of Henderson and Emre Can have paid dividends for Liverpool with both players performing similar yet different roles in the middle of the park which has seen Liverpool function like a well-oiled machine.

Upon Klopp’s arrival at Liverpool, Henderson’s place in the squad became the subject of a massive debate from fans and "Einsteins" who always have an opinion.

Despite the fact that Henderson taking up the captain’s armband following Gerrard’s exodus was a forgone conclusion (who else would it be?), there were still some doubts about the Englishman’s ability to lead and galvanise a team – things he had been doing on a relatively small scale even with Stevie G’s presence in the squad.

Though it was expected that Henderson would take Gerrard’s place, it was far from a certainty, with a new manager coming into the side along with his new ideas.

Henderson has the gaffer to thank for having faith in his ability to lead and kick the ball about. Not only has Henderson been impressive for the Reds this season, but he's also arguably risen the rankings as far as the league’s best holding midfielders are concerned.

His usual partner in midfield, Emre Can, has enjoyed somewhat of a creative license thanks to Henderson with the latter being deployed in a deeper role and the former featuring in a more advanced position at the centre.

Can’s role allows him to bring other players into play while still doing his fair share of dirty work alongside Henderson. Which has made Liverpool’s midfield strong and adept at aiding the forwards.

Valiant Attacking Mentality

Liverpool on the front foot have often times looked like Barcelona without all the boring “tippy tappy” from the centre of the pitch to the opposition’s 18-yard area.

Scoring goals have become Liverpool’s thing in the past few seasons, but the team’s recent adoption of a new dynamic and valiant attacking mentality without a real focal point is scary and entertaining at the same time.

Liverpool’s brand of football is one that leaves cracks at the back but their not so great clean sheet record has been swept under the carpet by fans who simply can’t get enough of Liverpool’s style of play which was epitomised by a 6-1 win over Watford.

Most will argue that Liverpool’s defensive frailties will come back to haunt them and their entertaining football is just what it is, entertaining football.

As past seasons have shown, playing entertaining football doesn’t win you the league, results do. But as long as the Reds keep outscoring the opposition and garner a decent amount of clean sheets then the Anfield faithful will be able to shout “we’re top of the league” because that’s where they’ll be – top of the league.

The Man in the Driving Seat

Not many managers in the world game can utilise fans as a 12th man the way Klopp does.

He’s a different kind of manager, not one that lashes out on officials when results don’t go his team’s way, but one always willing to get behind his team in a manner few gaffers can.

Many have claimed that his overreliance on Coutinho and Mane will cost him in the long run, but Klopp is far too pragmatic to be without a backup plan when his best players become unavailable for some reason.

Simply put, with Klopp at the helm, Liverpool’s got a chance of winning it.

Lack of European Commitments

Klopp’s side was a bit threadbare in the previous campaign, but it’s fair to say that had it not been for their involvement in the Europa League, the Reds could’ve launched a viable top four challenge.

This season, they’re a much better side with no European commitments which means, fewer games, and more focus on the Premier League with a view for giving the rotation options chances to impress in the domestic cup games.

No Pressure

Being amongst the leading pack comes with its own pressure which when not handled properly, turns out to be a disadvantage of massive proportions.

Whilst Liverpool are not expected to win the league they could very well do so due to the lack of real pressure from the media and the Liverpool faithful.

The real objective is to make it into the top four, so with no added pressure, the team will be vying for the title. With no fear of a backlash regardless of what happens as long as they secure a top four finish as a nosedive into the Europa places won’t be taken to lightly by the fans.

About the Author Phillip Ekuwem

Phillip is a football writer with an immense love and passion for the beautiful game. He's well versed in European football as he enjoys watching the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and the Serie A.

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