Are Liverpool Set For A Title Chase?

Liverpool has been touted as favorites to finish within the top four this season following the dynamic effect Jurgen Klopp has had on the Reds going into this season.

The Merseyside outfit had a strong pre-season campaign which was undoubtedly highlighted by a 4-0 win over Barcelona which seemingly set the ball rolling for Liverpool’s Premier League season.

Even with the club’s main aim being to finish within the Champions League qualification spots, there’s no doubt about the fact that Liverpool harbours a secret ambition to lift the title this season.

Judging by what we saw unfold at the Emirates on Sunday afternoon Liverpool might just be on their way to the pinnacle of English football, that is of course, if the players manage to keep their wits about them and stay fit for the majority of the season.

Liverpool utterly outclassed Arsene Wenger’s side as they secured an emphatic 4-3 victory courtesy of a brace from Coutinho along with goals from Mane and Lallana but aside from the individual displays in that outing for the Reds, what really stood out was their high-intensity style of play coupled with quick passes and sharp movement inside the opposition’s half of the pitch, a tactic that can be described as none other than Klopp’s tactical advocacy gegenpressing.

Liverpool’s ability to pose a constant threat to Arsenal certainly left the fans in awe of attacking proficiency as Coutinho, Mane and Firmino were particularly impressive for the Merseyside outfit.

But going forward what does the result against Arsenal mean for Liverpool? Surely it would be quite presumptuous to say that’s the first of many more goal gluts to come for Liverpool but even on that note the brilliant result at the Emirates could very well prove to be a foreshadow of the Reds’ future performances.

Key Players In Liverpool’s title Challenge

In order to launch a viable bid, Liverpool must utilize their key players as a sublime piece of skill from one player can prove to be the decisive moment in a game (take Coutinho’s free kick against Arsenal for example), hence let’s take a quick look at Liverpool’s integral players;

Sadio Mane: The ex-Southampton man was absolutely exceptional in his first game as a Liverpool player as he bagged a beautifully worked goal whilst making several key passes and contributing to the team’s overall dominance on the pitch. He looks like he’ll turn out to be a truly inspiring signing judging by his impressive debut.

Roberto Firmino: Having signed for Liverpool last season the skilful Brazilian has never failed to impress and his performances are set to have a corresponding effect on Liverpool’s league campaign.

His key attributes are pace, technique and his eye for pass which is right up there with the best in the domestic division. If he can keep up his recent performances then Liverpool will reap a great benefit in the attacking third.

Firmino can play in an array of forward positions; he can also feature as a false 9 if the need arises.

Phillipe Coutinho: The little magician as he’s fondly described by Liverpool fans; Coutinho looks to be more mature regarding how influences the game. Rather than just making audacious attempts at goal, the young Brazilian has begun to contribute to Liverpool’s overall play.

He’s arguably Liverpool’s most important player at the moment hence he needs to be properly utilised in order to keep him fit and avoid him picking up injuries.

Jordan Henderson: Hauled by many as Steven Gerrard’s immediate successor, Henderson plays a crucial role in Liverpool’s midfield, he’s somewhat like a box-to-box midfielder but he’s not afraid to push forward in an attempt to score.

Now that we’ve had a look at Liverpool’s key players, let’s take a look at how Klopp’s side shapes up against the other top teams in the title race;

The likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal are Liverpool’s main competitors in this Premier League season following how well these teams have bolstered their ranks in this transfer window, most especially the two Manchester Clubs who have completed some mega signings.

Both spent well over £100m to recruit new stars in a bid to see positive results in the League, but if we’ve learnt anything from recent seasons it’s that money can’t buy you a League title; the best individual players don’t necessarily mean a cohesive line-up, although what Liverpool has at the moment can be described as a well-oiled machine.

The Reds possess a wealth of talent in all departments on the pitch who can grab a win over any side on their day, but Klopp’s tactics certainly underlines the calibre of players in Liverpool.

To win the League Liverpool need to keep their momentum up, the players have to be fit and ready for any challenge that comes their way. The Premier League is an unforgiving division and on that note winning the League takes a little more than fancy football.

It takes hard work, discipline and a correct use of tactics and analysis to upstage the opposition, which is something Klopp knows how to do quite well.

The fluidity in Liverpool’s style of play is hard to keep up with, hence making it difficult for teams to get hold of the ball for prolonged periods.

These are certainly exciting times at Anfield as this could prove to be Liverpool’s long-awaited season, but it remains to be seen if they can beat the likes of Chelsea and the Manchester outfits to the title.

About the Author Moha

Hardcore fun of the beautiful game. Played soccer for different clubs in my country before hanging up my boots. Now writer for My Soccer HQ

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