After failing to qualify for European football last season, Liverpool have bounced back with their best ever chance of winning the Premier League. Coincidence? I think not.
Firstly, without the extra games, Liverpool are able to focus on domestic and league objectives. Liverpool put out strong sides in both of the domestic cups but unfortunately fell short due to Manchester United and Arsenal's interventions.
This was hardly a setback, though, as they went on to do the double over Manchester United and to put five past Arsenal within 25 minutes at Anfield in the league.
As Liverpool fans are reminded quite often, they've never won the Premier League, however they find themselves in second place with just nine games left to go this season. With no added distractions from any European competition, Liverpool have been able to play their best team for every league game.
Also, they've had fewer injuries to key players from travelling around Europe and playing on some less than desirable pitches. It also means that they could afford to have a smaller squad which gives everyone enough game time to keep them happy as well as building the team to be a unit instead of a group of players.
This has definitely been part of Tottenham's downfall this season. In the summer they added seven players - all from different countries with no previous Premier League experience.
In order to gel together, they needed game time and the group stages of the Europa League should have been perfect, but instead all it's brought is injuries, tiredness and frustration.
They now find themselves with a team that has three or four changes to it every game and with only two months of the season left they look no more like a team than they did in September.
Using Liverpool as a case study, Tottenham would benefit from not playing in the Europa League next season i order to rebuild and start restoring some confidence into a club that has been failing for a few years now.
Liverpool now look set to qualify for the Champions League for next season - the objective of any top player. However, their squad will need more depth if they're to stand any serious chance of competing.
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