Monday, 7 April 2014

Liverpool - Reasons they can and cannot win the league this season:

Liverpool. The underdogs. The outsiders. The team everyone thought would be fighting for a place in the Champions League this season. Oh how things change. 

In-form: FACT - Liverpool have not lost a league game in 2014. Title winners perhaps? 
Title aspirations: Liverpool have 5 games to go, can they win the league this season? 
Inspired form: Suarez has scored 29 goals in the league this season, his best yet!
Suarez has scored against United, Everton, Tottenham and Southampton, when he was needed
Look at me: Sturridge has also thrived in his first full season at Liverpool
Double trouble: Sturridge has already scored 20 goals in the league this season. 

Gerrard has scored 13 goals in one of his best seasons, and would love his first EPL medal....
Brazilian gem: Coutinho has been the creative spark for Liverpool, setting up counter attacks, producing wonder passes and skillful runs with the ball at his feet.
As a team: One of the major reasons for Liverpool's successes is their togetherness and unity
Liverpool have been one of the best footballing sides this season, and could still win the league:

Who would have thought? Liverpool are currently the league leaders with 5 matches remaining
Reasons why Liverpool can win the league this season:  
  • The new-found trio of SASAS (Sturridge, Suarez and Sterling) are arguably the most clinical strikeforce in the world at the moment - 55 goals between the three.
  • Brendan Rodgers is a serious candidate for my EPL manager of the year: he has improved the team massively since Kenny Daglish's departure and his fresh tactics and bold decisions are an under-rated reason for the team's good form.
  • He is getting the best out of his players by nurturing them, telling them where to improve and not playing them if they are not on good form to encourage them to play better.
  • Henderson has developed significantly since his £20million move from Sunderland and his work-rate in the heart of midfield has inspired the team to work harder to win back possession of the ball in key areas.
  • Their ability to counter attack quickly and hit teams on the break is very effective and puts pressure on the opposing defenders who have no time or enough pace to catch up with the likes of Sturridge and Sterling who both have blistering speed.
Reasons why Liverpool cannot win the league this season:

  • The Reds have not got much experience when it comes to late battles with other clubs to win the title, especially when they have crunch games at the end of a big EPL season.
  • Liverpool's defence has been their weakest link all season and even though the likes of Flanagan (improved, watch out for him) and Agger (solid centre-back) are impressing, the team have conceded 40 goals in 33 matches which is not ideal..
  • Even though they are currently unbeaten in the league in 2014, they have scraped past a few of the lesser teams that they would have expected to beat comfortably, for example:
Stoke 3 Liverpool 5 - 12th of January
Liverpool 2 Aston Villa 2 - 18th of January
West Brom 1 Liverpool 1 - 2nd of February
Fulham 2 Liverpool 3 - 12th of February
Liverpool 4 Swansea 3 - 23rd of February
Cardiff 3 Liverpool 6 (goals conceded) - 22nd of March
Liverpool 2 Sunderland 1 - 26th of March
West Ham 1 Liverpool 2 - 6th of April

A win is a win, but you'd expect them to win more comfortably against these teams especially if they are looking to win the title. 

Here are their fixtures to be played until the end of the season:

Manchester City (H) 
Norwich (A)
Chelsea (H)
Crystal Palace (A)
Newcastle (H) 

These are games that are all matches that are must-win for Liverpool if they want to win the league this season. First things first, City next Sunday. 

Arguably the two biggest title contenders (seeming as Chelsea are the little horse according to Mourinho so let's forget about them momentarily) will go head-to-head in a few days with the team who wins surely having the momentum.

Pellegrini will boast the fact that City won the previous fixture between the two sides when they played in December, yet Liverpool felt hard done by after the match and will be ready for revenge. An advantage is obviously the fact that they will play at Anfield, where the atmopshere will be incredible. 

The Liverpool supporters are still believing that their team can lift the EPL trophy in just over a month's time and the home crowd may just lift the players to glory, who knows? 

They've virtually already qualified for next season's Champions League (which will be an intriguing watch by the way) BUT having said that you have to appreciate the fact that it will not be easy, like a few of the Liverpool players have said in the media in the past few weeks (including Sturridge and Henderson) the team have to treat every upcoming match as a cup final because otherwise they could slip away and get punished or lose a match that they should not. 

City, Chelsea, Newcastle, Norwich and Palace. Two of those teams are the title contenders, Newcastle will be desperate to improve on their 2-2 draw last time out while Norwich and Palace will be hoping for points in the relegation battle. 

5 games to go, who will win it? Too close to call, but City have the edge at the minute I feel... could change on Sunday though. 

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