The Premier League title is the one trophy that has eluded Liverpool throughout their recent history, but the start to the 2019/20 season has sparked hopes that finally, this may be their year.
Between 1976 and 1990 Liverpool lifted 10 league titles and were the dominant force in English and European football. The onset of the Premier League brought riches to other clubs not traditionally as successful and the Reds found themselves sliding down the pecking order.
They narrowly missed out on the title last season, amassing a huge total of 97 points and only losing one game. Manchester City, the eventual champions, lost four but collected more wins leaving Jürgen Klopp’s side to consolidate themselves with the Champions League. That meant a 29th season without a domestic title for the Merseyside giants.
Whilst the Champions League is the most prestigious trophy in European football, it’s not the one most Liverpool fans covet. They have lifted Europe’s premier prize six times already; they want the domestic title.
There’s every reason to suggest they might just do it this year. bwin Football report that Liverpool have taken 34 points from a possible 36 including the morale-boosting 3-1 victory against Manchester City in November. The controversy around VAR coming out of the game somewhat overshadowed an impressive outing for the Reds which has given them a strong lead going into the early Christmas period.
With an eight-point lead over Leicester ahead of the international break, Klopp finally looks like ending their long wait for the title. They’ve been in sensational form, with goals coming not only from the Egyptian Mo Salah but also the hugely underrated Sadio Mane. He smashed 11 in 17 outings before the break and was described by Jamie Carragher on Liverpool’s official website as being one of the current world greats.
It’s hard to see where they might look to improve in the winter transfer window. The Express suggest they’re very much planning for the long-term, targeting West Brom’s Jovan Malcolm, but he’s currently playing for their Under 18 side and wouldn’t impact the current first team.
They might recruit another centre forward, as Roberto Firmino has only bagged three in 18 outings this season and yet is the focal point of their 4-3-3 formation. Talksport believes they’re eyeing PSV Eindhoven man Donyell Malen who began his career with Arsenal, but he would also seem a longer-term investment.
They have already been to title hopefuls Leicester and Chelsea. They’ve faced bitter rivals Man Utd, as well as beating Man City and Arsenal, and not one of those sides look to be capable of stopping the Reds this season. With flying wingers backed up by solid full backs and a midfield diamond able to control pace and tempo with ease, they’re in their best position ever to finally snatch that elusive Premier League title.
If they do, Jürgen Klopp will further cement his legend on Merseyside and ensure the 2019/20 season ranks up there with some of the greatest Liverpool memories of all time.