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Why Liverpool need to win the league this year

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Liverpool need to win the title this year.

A bizarre thought given the relative expectations before the season started.

However, four points off top with 10 games to go, Liverpool must finally end their long wait for a league title.

It is now 24 years since the Anfield club won domestic football's biggest prize, and the club are yet to win the league since its change to the Premier League.

But surely a top four finish would suffice? Having finished seventh last season, a jump of three, four or even five places is credible enough, right?

Wrong.

Liverpool need to capitalise on their current position, and a number of factors mean Liverpool have their best chance to win the title in years - a chance that may not come around again so readily.

With their nearest rivals for the title - namely Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal - still competing in the Champions League, Liverpool have the advantage of being able to focus solely on the league.

Their lack of European competition this year also means they've played a lot less games.

As Arsenal, Chelsea and City flounder, Liverpool should be fresh.

Having been knocked out of the FA Cup, they also have an advantage on City and Arsenal who will be looking to progress to the semi-finals.

Most will be saying that a second, third or fourth placed finish would provide a platform to build on.

Perhaps a more genuine title challenge could be mounted next season?

Not necessarily.

Inevitably, star striker Luis Suarez will be a wanted man. And if, for example, Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich moved for the Uruguayan, would he seriously say no?

Daniel Sturridge meanwhile, has had the season of his life.

Still young, it would be naive to say he will never replicate this form again.

However, he wouldn't be the first player to follow up a breakthrough season with a goal drought.

Liverpool will also - you would assume - be competing in the Champions League.

A drain on the squad, Liverpool could also face some tough games early on in the competition.

Whether or not their five European Cups would keep them as a top seed after several years away from the competition is yet to be seen, though you wouldn't imagine it would.

Liverpool could also expect Chelsea and City to splash their cash, improving on already talented squads. 

Manchester United meanwhile have a reported £200million war-chest, whilst Arsenal have been linked with several big name additions.

Although Brendan Rodgers' side don't have the easiest of run-ins - they've still to play Manchester United, Tottenham, City and Chelsea - they have the fortune of crucial home games.

Of the four games just mentioned, only one is away from Anfield - United in a couple of weeks.

The variables are stacked in Liverpool's favour. And should they fail to capitalise on these fortunes, it may be a while again before we consider Liverpool contenders.

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