It is without doubt one of the most mentioned subjects relating to English soccer proper now. Liverpool have made their greatest ever begin to a Premier League season and sit joint high of the desk with Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Chelsea. Nonetheless, is it merely a case of an honest run of kind or do that Liverpool crew have the endurance to problem for the title this yr?
Nicely, in brief – they’ve their greatest probability for fairly a while. Fairly predictably, Rafa Benitez is eager to minimize their possibilities, saying that his gamers ‘should preserve their ft on the bottom’. Regardless of these media pleasant feedback although, I believe the Liverpool supervisor will probably be getting quite excited as properly.
For the primary time in his managerial reign, he has a lot of real high quality to select from. Liverpool have extra choices and may function completely different types of play successfully – one thing they have not been in a position to do earlier than. The objectives come from Torres, Keane, Gerrard or Kuyt. Creativity comes from Babel, Benayoun, Alonso or Riera. Safety for the again 4 come from Mascherano or Lucas. Then, lastly, Carragher, Skrtel, Agger, Aurelio, Arbeloa, Hyypia and Riena all assist kind a protection that has solely conceded 4 objectives in seven league video games.
For me although, it’s going ahead the place they’re trying most spectacular. Liverpool has constructed a repute as a quite stable defensive facet earlier than, however now they’ve the attacking skill to compete with the most effective on this planet. Away from residence this season, they common two objectives a recreation. They’re going into video games believing they’ll win – the likes of Torres, Gerrard and Mascherano are born winners. This, mixed with supreme confidence is actually a successful system. The soccer odds are beginning to again Liverpool’s title bid and in all equity, I can see why.
Their most up-to-date consequence stated quite a bit about their character as properly. To return from two objectives down in opposition to a crew as succesful as Manchester Metropolis, away from residence, is the efficiency of potential Champions. Previously, you may see Chelsea or Manchester United pulling off such a consequence – however not Liverpool. This says quite a bit.
After all, there may be nonetheless a protracted technique to go and there may be one factor that may study Liverpool’s title credentials additional. How they react to their first league defeat will probably be attention-grabbing. They should reply positively and never let it have an effect on them – very like Manchester United have executed after a poor begin to the season. Nonetheless, if the idea the crew confirmed within the Manchester Metropolis fixture is something to go by, then they need to be simply effective. We could actually have a three horse race for the title on our palms. How good would that be?