Liverpool is in a commanding lead at the top of the table after 21 matches and is 13 points lead over second-placed Leicester City. Liverpool also has a game in hand against West Ham, having missed a round of premier league fixtures due to their participation in the FIFA Club World Cup competition in December. From the way Liverpool is playing, there is no doubt that the reds have earned the right to be called champions-elect.
Liverpool are on a different level
Liverpool has won 19 matches out of 20, and the only team to share the spoil with them was their bitters rivals Manchester United. Liverpool is rolling along like a beautiful train, and every player is thriving. Their performance so far this season has been excellent. The way they are playing has highlighted the gulf in class between them and the rest of the teams. Liverpool is now champions of Europe, Champions of the world, and are hoping to be champions of England by the end of the season. Liverpool’s last league defeat came against defending champions Man City on January 3, 2019, at the Etihad Stadium. That is over a year now, and that is a sign of total dominance. As a result, they have stretched their unbeaten run in the premier league to 37 games, 12 short of Arsenal’s 49 unbeaten games record. The numbers behind Liverpool’s unbeaten run are extraordinary. They look brilliant, relentless, and also play as a unit; indeed, credit must go to manager Jürgen Klopp. The runaway league leaders’ front three seems to be unstoppable, scoring more goals and dominating the headlines week in, week out, but their back five have also done a marvelous job conceding fewer goals so far this season. Liverpool has also made some notable comebacks, including the 2-1 win they had against Tottenham and Aston Villa. The premier league title may already be theirs if this current run continues for long, with title number 19 looking imminent.
What could stop Liverpool?
The way Liverpool is playing suggests no club in the English premier league can stop them, but a lot of things could go wrong between now till the end of the season. Three things that could ruin Liverpool title ambitions are injuries, fatigue, and complacency. Injuries to any of their front three could be problematic, although they have recruited RB Salzburg Takumi Minamino. I don’t think he is in the same class as them, and it will take time before he settles. The Liverpool full-backs are similarly important, just like the front three. They have contributed about 50 percent of Liverpool’s goals this season. Any injury to either one of them could be a big blow to them because none of their back up can replicate their creativity. Another player who has transformed this Liverpool team since his arrival is the 75 million pound player Van Dijk he has proved he is worth that money. He has been the heart and pillar at the back, and he is a true leader and an organizer at the back. If any injury should keep him out for 2 to 3 months, I don’t think they will be able to cope without him. Liverpool is now in three different competitions (the Premier League, Champions League, and the FA Cup), meaning there are a lot of matches ahead of them to play. Fatigue is likely to set in, and this will be more of an issue for them as the season progresses.
What next for Liverpool?
In the Premier League history, there have only been 13 points lead at this stage once before, and that was their bitter rivals Manchester United. United had the same advantage in December 1993 and went on to win the league. A section of Liverpool fans will be hoping that history could repeat itself, but there is a word of caution for the reds. In the 2013-14 season under manager Brendan Rodgers, they were five points clear on top of the league table after 35 games but eventually lost the title to Man City. Just last season, the reds were seven points clear at the halfway stage only to be pipped by the defending champions Man City. I firmly believe Klopp and his men have learned from those past meltdowns. Liverpool’s next game is against Jose Mourinho Tottenham on Saturday at the Tottenham Stadium, and Mourinho has always been the manager who gets a result typically from this sort of match. I do not think a loss or draw against Tottenham can stop them from winning a first league title in 30 years. They thoroughly deserved to be crowned champions, but only time will tell.