Last year's title race proved to be one of the tightest ever after several lead changes and many teams are still in the race after half of the season. Despite that, the upcoming season promises an even tighter competition with many teams reinforcing their teams in order to become champions of England.
Since the start of last season, Liverpool was ever present in the top four and seldom fell out of pace with the league leaders but they reached the summit for quite a number of weeks. In the end they still lost to Manchester City by two points. This time around they're hoping to go one better and win the Premier League for the first time.
Rodgers replaces Suarez
Recently, Liverpool has lost the mercurial Luis Suarez to Barcelona and will certainly miss him and his goals as they look to put on a serious charge after returning to European football after a four-year absence. But Brendan Rodgers has certainly done everything to replace him as he brought in the likes of Lazar Markovic, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert to bolster his attacking options. Rumours also said that Loic Remy has agreed to join the Anfield outfit this week.
Liverpool have a good squad on paper considering the quality of players they possess like Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge. But it is feared that they will not be able to sustain a good title challenge with Champions League games that will drain energy from the players. 3 games in a week can really take its toll on the players. Their squad depth isn't good enough for them to rotate players and get the best results out of every game.
Liverpool lack experience
A lack of experience will also affect their title chances with Steven Gerrard and Daniel Agger left as the squads veteran players. Steven Gerrard isn't able to play each and every match as he is starting to age and Daniel Agger doesn't have a starting spot guaranteed. All the others are young or new players brought in recently and don't have enough Champions League experience to guide them through a difficult season
Looking at the squad that Chelsea and Manchester City have, which are Premier League and Champions League winners. They have unbelievable squad depth in which they can afford to rotate most of the squad and still be able to win tough games and get the points they need. They have quality back-up players in each position and if any of the players get suspended or injured, they will still be able to fill up the hole perfectly.
Liverpool lack a superstar
Besides that, the team should have one star player which everyone will be able to look up to at the most dire of moments. Eden Hazard does a wonderful job at Chelsea and always proves to be the game-winner and Yaya Toure always comes up with great performances which leads to victories. Liverpool had a man like that too, but now he has left for Barcelona and leaves a huge hole in the team.
Hoping that all the young players can step up to the plate and show what they can do and that the new players brought in can live up to expectations and bring back glory to one of the most successful clubs in world football.