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Five reasons why Liverpool can win the Premier League title

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The Premier League might have only had its first round of fixtures, but so far it seems that the natural order of things has been pretty much restored.

Leicester were brought swiftly back down to earth by newly-promoted Hull City, while Manchester United, Chelsea, and Manchester City all walked away with three points from their respective opening games.


However, there was one standout game of the weekend, one standout performance, and while it may come as a surprise, it shouldn't. Liverpool blitzed to a 4-3 win over Arsenal with a display that suggests they are finally ready to once again count themselves among the Premier League's big boys.

The Reds' glory days may seem like a distant memory, but all the indications are that they can mount a challenge for the title this season. A redeveloped Anfield is going to be a fortress again, and its faithful are in for a ride.

Teaming up with DraftKings, we take a look at five reasons why Liverpool are in with a shout of winning their first ever Premier League title.

Philippe Coutinho is world-class

Winning the league takes world-class players. Few Premier League teams can truly say they have one, but Liverpool boast someone very special in Philippe Coutinho.

The tricky Brazilian grabbed 10 fantasy points with a perfectly executed free-kick against the Gunners, and another 10 with a strike in the second half. It may be just one game in, but he had 100% shot accuracy at the Emirates, each shot earning him 2 points. Simply put, Coutinho can run teams ragged on his day.


Liverpool will sign a new left-back

Jurgen Klopp's eccentric, but he's not daft. Liverpool are crying out for a new left-back and after Alberto Moreno's horror show, they're sure to be in the market for one. Imagine if they were able to seal a deal for someone like Fabio Coentrao, who is now being linked with a move to Merseyside.

The Real Madrid man spent last season on loan at Monaco, scoring three times in 15 appearances. That makes him a strong selection for DraftKings' fantasy football line-up, not least because he's also stronger in defence than Moreno, with successful tackles worth 1 point each.

Mane & Wijnaldum can create and score

Last season, Klopp took the Reds to two cup finals with a team that wasn't his own but things are about to change after a busy summer in the transfer market. Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum have arrived from Southampton and Liverpool respectively for a combined fee of £55m and have already proved they fit his ‘heavy metal’ system. Liverpool will be pressing and that should give them a solid start to the season, which they're beginning with three away games on the bounce.

Mane and Wijnaldum are potential match winners in themselves with the former grabbing a high-class goal against the Gunners. As well as that, both midfielders will create opportunities for the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi, earning 0.75 points for every cross.

No European football

As thrilling as their Europa League adventure was last season, they can really do without European football this season. Their injury-plagued players, most notably Sturridge and Jordan Henderson, will have more time to recover from games so all their attention will be focused on the next Premier League match. Henderson, who missed the majority of the last campaign, will be key to the central midfield, with interceptions earning +0.5 points apiece.

Variety up front

For the first time in a long time, they're not reliant on one player to score goals. Once it was Luis Suarez, then it was Sturridge. Now it's Origi, Mane, Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana; the list goes on. Firmino, a $7,200 option for you DraftKings line up, could be the best of the lot. He scored ten goals in his debut season for Liverpool and also made 48 chances in 31 games. If his teammates can start converting those chances into assists, he could be this season’s answer to Riyad Mahrez.


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