People in the know are saying it, the fans are saying it – even Nathanial Clyne has said it (which he shouldn’t), Liverpool could challenge this term despite the start of Manchester City, writes Sam May.
Yesterday’s 5-1 demolition of Hull City was proof that so called “lesser teams” will be seen as major threats, and the defeat at Burnley will not be tolerated again.
The Reds have been to the capital three times already and dispatched Arsenal and Chelsea, and should have won at Spurs, only to share the spoils defensively. There is still more to do, but the fact that Chelsea didn’t get a shot on goal in the last 30 minutes in their 1-2 reverse at Stamford Bridge, must be the blueprint for future challenges.
Liverpool are the leagues leading scorers and the team is just that – a team. They work for each other, and play with freedom not seen of a Reds side since Luis Suárez led the line. That season they slipped up, in more ways than one, but if they approach each game as they have so far then they won’t be far away. The blessing they have over others is that they have no European distractions.
Manchester United probably have the worst of it with trips to second rate teams, and the Thursday and Sunday schedule never helps anyone – not that Klopp and his backroom team will be too bothered.
Expect Spurs to suffer with the Wembley pitch and Leicester are out of it already. Manchester City are already being tipped as “sure champions”, but they will need to protect Agüero who is known for a strain or two, as without him, they only look half the threat they pose with him.
Liverpool on the other hand have scorers in abundance, Adam Lallana, Phillipe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are all hitting the back of the net with a menacing regularity. Add Daniel Sturridge returning to form and the signs are ominous to the rest – the Reds are on the rise.