After their heroics at the beginning of this season, when they dominated the standings for the first couple of weeks, Liverpool established themselves as Premier League title contenders, but that belief apparently died away in the opinion of most pundits after a miserable run of defeats against direct title runners and disappointing results at the end of December.
The current climate however seems to be that they are back in the running, which is frankly ludicrous. They are obviously a team who can, and will, finish in the top four, but there is no way that they can rival teams such as Manchester City and Chelsea for the top step of the podium this campaign.
When you look at the way the current top three of Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City have been playing, they all possess a style which makes them dangerous, as City simply destroy their opponents through scoring a lot while not conceding too many.
Arsenal consistently beat the teams lower down the league, giving them space to not do as well against their direct rivals, even though they do often manage to engineer decent results, and Chelsea do moderately well against lesser opposition but tend to come up with the goods against the other top teams.
Liverpool, however, do none of the above. Although they have a good record against most teams, it is all too common for them to fail against all sorts of opposition, as they let their disappointing defending spoil their phenomenal attacking capacities.
They are also usually incapable of beating their direct rivals, with now the exception of Arsenal who they demolished, as they suffered defeats to both Chelsea and City and, much earlier in the season, the Gunners.
The teams they are consistently beating are those vying for the last Champions League place, with the examples of Tottenham and Everton, showing that they have the clear capacity for one of the European spots, but certainly not for the top spot, at least not until they improve their defence or their record against the top three teams.
Indeed, the team who will most likely win the Premier League title this season are Chelsea, who, guided by their favourite manager Jose Mourinho, are in a prime position to finish top and seem to be improving every game through the coming to age of Eden Hazard.
That is not to say that Liverpool won’t be in the running for the title next season, as if they purchase well in the defensive department during the summer and can hold on to all their excellent attacking options, which seems likely as they are on course to qualify for the Champions League then they could even be among the favourites.
Added to that the fact that Brendan Rodgers is looking increasingly competent as the season advances, learning not to underestimate lower opposition or to be too open against strong opposition, and they could be in a very good position to do well over the next few years, but this end of season is too soon to be talking about them as title contenders.
However, they have apparently badly timed their revival as a strong Premier League as although most of the other big teams are in transitional periods, with three of last season’s top four having changed managers, both Chelsea and Manchester City have weathered the changes well and are playing very well, while Arsenal are having a revival, meaning that Liverpool have come good in one of the more fiercely competitive seasons of recent history.
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