Leicester City disproving theory of money wins titles means Liverpool have no more excuses

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Having endured 26 difficult years since their last English league title, Liverpool fans have finally been given a well-deserved lucky break.

Amidst taunts aimed at Arsenal for falling behind underdogs Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur in the title race after years of blaming their failure on "financial doping" from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, critics have left the red half of Merseyside relatively unscathed for the same crime.

The last time Liverpool challenged for the title, in 2013/14, they were cheered on by neutrals. Despite narrowly losing the crown to City, then manager Brendan Rodgers won the League Managers' (LMA) Manager of the Year award.


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The message was clear: it was seen as miraculous that Liverpool could even challenge Chelsea and City despite having significantly less spending power.

Indeed, former Reds captain Steven Gerrard even went as far as to blame Roman Abramovich and Sheikh Mansour - Chelsea and City's owners respectively - for his failure to win a Premier League title.

This season's race has made a mockery of that theory, however.


Since being tipped for relegation by the likes of Dietmar Hamann in pre-season, Leicester City haven't spent more than £7 million on any player, yet they sit on the verge of domestic success.

In north London, Tottenham bear significant resemblance to Liverpool's class of 13/14 in terms of their strong British contingent and a striker who just can't stop scoring.

This is all whilst the Premier League's traditional powerhouses in City, Manchester United and Chelsea sit fourth, sixth and tenth respectively.

Where Arsenal are concerned, despite the acquisition of Petr Cech, they still haven't improved nor made steps towards claiming their first title in over a decade. They're currently third and 11 points behind league leaders Leicester with a game in hand.

And for Liverpool, having reportedly spent £61.5 million on attacking duo Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke last summer and replaced Rodgers with Jurgen Klopp, it's perhaps a surprise that Liverpool aren't challenging for the title in this of all seasons.

Well, it would be had football fans not grown all too used to seeing the Reds underachieve.


With speculation rife in recent days that Liverpool could sign Mario Gotze this summer, they can no longer afford to blame their failures on a lack of financial incentive.

In Klopp, Anfield has one of football's finest and most accomplished managers, so if Leicester and Tottenham can defy the Premier League's mega-rich powerhouses, there is no reason why Liverpool can't too.

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