Despite the theatrics of Kolo Toure, Liverpool have managed to close the gap at the top of the table to four points.
After the sleeping giant has awoken and crept out of the leafy wilderness, Liverpool have been taken to a position that you couldn’t blame people for fancying their chances at the title.
In fairness, momentum is with the Reds and they have the two most potent strikers in the league currently. Sturridge has taken on the goal scoring mantel whilst Luis Suarez has calmed his recent bludgeoning of defences and turned creator and chief-distraction with Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling beginning to come of age and terrorise sides, none more so than Arsenal.
Kolo Toure might be doing his level-best to gift the opposition goals, with Martin Skrtel continuously wobbly in defence alongside him, but the attack are carrying this Liverpool side and are only a couple of goals off of Manchester City this season. It is known by many that the flying forwards are covering up for an under-strength side in terms of a title challenge, but isn’t that really how Manchester United won the league last season?
Well, despite his performances this year, Steven Gerrard is clearly in a decline and taking up a very deep role in the side that has seen him over run on occasions. However, he has been integral to the fast break play with his direct passing and registering several assists this season himself.
Alongside an improving Jordan Henderson, but their midfield seems considerably lacking and even more so when you consider the messy defence they have been charged with covering. Weaknesses at full-backs with Glen Johnson out of form and fitness, now John Flanagan has begun to show some spirited performances but really is a long way from ready for a top Premier League side.
Liverpool can undoubtedly challenge for the title and are a shining example of what strikers can do for a side, take Sturridge and Suarez out and Liverpool look incredibly mediocre. No one will back them for the league and I am not bold enough to make that call yet, but with the momentum they have, it would be miraculous (and probably their fault) if they don’t make it into Champions League football for next season.
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