The opening weekend of Premier League typically got a lot of people talking and one of the most prevalent topics of conversation was Liverpool’s win against Arsenal at the Emirates.
After a slow start the Reds got into half-time at 1-1 thanks to a sensational Philippe Coutinho free-kick then found their rhythm after the break racing into a 4-1 lead.
The Gunners did claw two goals back to ensure a nervy finish for the away fans that had travelled from Merseyside but the comeback wasn’t to be leaving many wondering what the Reds could actually achieve this season.
We saw performances like it last year that when things clicked for the men from Anfield they did so devastatingly, if they could just do this on a more regular basis some might feel they are the dark horses for the league title.
When you consider what the Reds have going for them this season it may not be as far-fetched as it appears at first glance – there are good reasons why Liverpool might just win the league.
We think there’s every chance too, and it’s thanks to the following FIVE points…
A lot is being made of it being Jurgen Klopp’s first full season at the helm.
The German himself knows that there’s no hiding behind the excuse it isn’t his team now because he has reshaped a lot of the playing squad this Summer.
He has had his first pre-season with the club to fully implement the way he wants his team to work and he also knows how to win league titles, it could be a big season for the former Dortmund man.
The Brazilian has got better over the last few years and if he continues on that trajectory, it won’t be long before he can be considered world class.
He sees passes that very few others can on the pitch, he can run with the ball with ease and he’s got a peach of a right foot. If he continues to put in the kind of performance he did against Arsenal the Reds have a chance of winning any game.
Once Luis Suarez left Liverpool the club struggled to find a replacement but it has to be said any club would as the Uruguayan nearly fired the Reds to the title.
Now though, their attack looks it’s strongest for some time. Whilst still not possessing the individual prowess of Suarez the Reds’ attack is very cohesive, everyone knows their job and Klopp has a variety of options to mix things up.
When Liverpool’s attacking line is on song no defence in the country can live with it.
The last time the Reds had no European football was 2013/14 and we all know what nearly happened for them.
Comparisons between then and now are inevitably going to be made and with the club being able to focus solely on the league, there’s no reason they can’t go close again.
Klopp’s high intensity game plan needs fresh legs to have it’s full effect and fortunately his team are going to have that every week.
The atmosphere around the club was never quite the same after nearly winning the league.
Suarez had gone and Brendan Rodgers’ new signings weren’t working, the club was going stale. Since Klopp’s arrival though, there’s a renewed sense of optimism.
The Anfield faithful are finding their voice again and their manager seems to know how to get the best out of both them and their team, things seem to be looking positive again and they may be about to get a whole lot better.