Liverpool will finally win the Premier League title – Fan opinion

first_img 9 statement Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son 9 rookie error latest The result puts Liverpool eight points clear at the top of the table and NINE ahead of the reigning champions.Of course, the line from Jurgen Klopp and his players are that they’re not thinking about the title race and just focusing on the next game, yadda yadda.But deep down the Reds will know that a first league title in 30 years is there for the taking and here are five other reasons why it’s finally Liverpool’s year. Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Getty The likes of Fikayo Tomori, Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham will have to keep an eye on their fitness during the Christmas period 9 9 9 Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ 9 AFP or licensors 9 But defensively City are way off the levels they need to be to clinch a third successive Premier League crown.They were very unlucky to lose Aymeric Laporte early in the season – the Frenchman sustained a knee injury in September and is not expected to return to action until February.However, failure to replace Vincent Kompany has left them very short of options at the back. Yes, you could argue that a player like Kompany is irreplaceable but just get someone in.Against Liverpool, Guardiola was forced to field midfielder Fernandinho and John Stones, who has been prone to an error or two, against the Red Arrows – Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. Scary. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen appointed update Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Getty Images – Getty Getty Images – Getty As far as the Premier League title race is concerned, it’s all over.Liverpool got the better of Manchester City last weekend, winning the game 3-1 at Anfield. 9 Liverpool winning the Champions League is a huge weight off the shoulders of the club getty center_img Danny Murphy says Liverpool can get even better… but insists title race not over yetIt will be too late for Man City when they next face LiverpoolThe title race pendulum swung in Pep Guardiola’s favour last season when they beat the Reds at the Etihad Stadium in January. 9 AFP or licensors Stones and Fernandinho unsurprisingly had a few wobbly moments against Liverpool Brendan Rodgers would love to push his former club all the way in the title race Liverpool finally won a trophy last seasonThere’s no doubting they were a great side last season but there was always that fear they wouldn’t get a trophy to show for their efforts.Klopp has lost three cup finals as Liverpool boss (League Cup and Europa League in 2016, Champions League in 2018)That’s not an issue anymore as they ended their six-year wait for silverware last season when they beat Tottenham in the Champions League final.Liverpool didn’t play very well in that final but found a way to get over the line in an ugly way to kill the club’s trophy demons. Form is temporary, class is permanent is the old saying and it couldn’t be more appropriate when comparing the Foxes and the Blues to Liverpool and Man City.Maybe in two or three years we can talk about Leicester or Chelsea becoming title contenders but Liverpool and Man City are a level above them at the moment.Liverpool have a particularly busy schedule around Christmas but it’s a testing time for every team. We’ll see what Chelsea, who have a thinner squad off the back of a transfer ban, and Leicester are really made of then. LIVING THE DREAM Getty Images – Getty getty Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked This Liverpool side don’t know when they’re beaten PEP TALK And speaking of demons, Liverpool are a team that have mastered the dark arts very effectively in recent times.They looked a naive team when they lost to Real Madrid in Kiev in 2018 and lost Salah to a shoulder injury early in the final after a well executed wrestling move by Sergio Ramos.This time, Liverpool are finding a way of doing things not necessarily by the book and getting away with it.Andy Robertson’s slight nudge on Kyle Walker, which almost led to the City right-back falling into the Anfield crowd was subtle and crucially not spotted by the referee.The cameras then dropped back to the Scotsman who was smirking away after the exchange. deals Getty Images – Getty It reduced Liverpool’s lead at the top to four points and there were a few more twists and turns after that but you got the sense that the 2-1 victory gave Guardiola’s men that belief Liverpool could be hunted down.Both sides had to play 17 more matches after that, Man City did then catch up with them before pipping Liverpool to the title by a point.This season, though, the two teams don’t face each other in the league until April which could be crucial.City are capable of beating Liverpool, especially at home, but even if they do take points off them it may be too late to try and catch up with them as there will only be six games left after that.‘Mentality monsters’What will help get Liverpool over the line the most is them being in the right headspace.Klopp coined the term ‘mentality monsters’ earlier this season when describing what the character of his players are like. They just don’t know how to lose. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Anyone who thinks Nicolas Otamendi could play alongside Stones at centre-back, forget it. The pair were a disaster at Norwich earlier in the season. The Canaries are now bottom of the table, by the way.City also have an issue at left-back which they got away with last season. Oleksandr Zinchenko is the first-choice, even though he’s naturally a midfielder.But when the Ukrainian is injured there’s a problem as Guardiola either has to play Angelino, who is out of his depth, or Benjamin Mendy, who is understood to have been left out of the Liverpool game for tactical reasons.The Frenchman has fallen down the pecking order having been flagged up for issues regarding his commitment and excessive social media use.Man City are left with the task of making up nine points, so essentially three wins.Unbeaten Liverpool could lose three league games this season but for City to catch up with them that implies they will win their remaining 26 games in 2019/20. That’s not going to happen.Leicester and Chelsea will drop offMan City are actually fourth at the moment with Leicester and Chelsea, second and third respectively, a point above them.But if you genuinely believe they are in with a chance of winning the Premier League this season you would be mistaken. LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS For whatever reason, Aguero just can’t do it at Anfield Klopp has made the Liverpool players fighters as well as fine footballers Man City are weakerMan City are nowhere near as good as they were last season or the season before. And they know it.You’ve only got to look at the way Pep Guardiola reacted to having a penalty appeal turned down in the second half or the stories of Raheem Sterling attacking Joe Gomez on England duty to know that City are rattled.Their loss at the weekend showed that they’re not where they should be.Sergio Aguero was wasteful as his search for an Anfield goal stretches to ten games. Generally though, City are very strong in attack. And if there’s one game that proved just how strong the team is it’s their victory at Aston Villa earlier this month.They could have been forgiven for thinking it wasn’t their day when they went 1-0 down at a raucous Villa Park while also having a goal controversially not awarded by VAR.But a header from Robertson after 87 minutes and Mane’s stoppage-time strike snatched the most unlikely three points for Liverpool.Liverpool were perhaps fortunate to avoid having a penalty given against them as the ball struck Trent Alexander-Arnold’s arm in the box while City were on the attack.Just 22 seconds later, Fabinho gave Liverpool the lead at the other end to leave Guardiola and the Man City players understandably raging.But Man City were guilty of letting their burning sense of injustice get the better of them and struggled to keep a lid on things.Liverpool didn’t cry when they were on the wrong end of a dodgy decision. They used that energy to carve out a win.It’s this energy which is now almost certain to hand them title glory. Liverpool’s win over Man City is a huge moment in the title race Man City’s win over Liverpool last season was arguably the turning point of the title race Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule last_img read more