The Reds have already lost seven games in the English top flight, while drawing another seven.
The rise of Liverpool to the top has been meteoric. While the history of the club has never been under question, it is to be understood that their latest iteration under manager Jurgen Klopp has been one of the best if not the best in their club’s illustrious history.
Before Klopp’s arrival, the Reds faced a dull period having previously won a trophy in 2012 when they won the League Cup. However, since the German took over, he has masterminded Liverpool’s rise to the top and has accentuated the process by winning the UEFA Champions League, the Club World Cup, the UEFA Super Cup and most importantly the Premier League.
However, the recent season has also turned their fortunes around. The club are currently reeling in the sixth place and could potentially drop down to 8th if Everton and Aston Villa win their games in hand over them. But, despite their downturn in form and the propensity to fall further down the abyss, the Reds are certain to stake a claim in the better spots at the top half of the Premier League.
5. Return of players from injury
One of the key reasons one would attribute to the sudden downturn in the form of Liverpool is the injury problems that have ravaged the entire squad. The Merseyside based outfit currently have eight crucial players out with injuries. The injuries have particularly inundated their backline putting both centre-backs Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk whose injury started the landslide out of the reckoning.
It forced central midfielders Jordan Henderson and Fabinho to play further behind at the heart of the defence, who also received injuries in the process. While these problems have plagued the six-time European champions, Liverpool have most of these players, including Diogo Jota, almost back to full fitness. While they are evidently out of the reckoning for the title, Liverpool are expected to have their injured players back by next month which would certainly bolster their cause and could push their season into a higher gear.
4. Liverpool’s resilience
Liverpool’s ascension will certainly be attributed to the mercurial form that their players have shown over the years. Despite their high octane gameplay, Liverpool have shown their resilience – both physically and mentally, albeit their injury crisis this season.
If there is anything Jurgen Klopp has done, the German has instilled the belief in the squad that he and the team can hold on despite their indifferent form and they have become more mature about their gameplay and tactics. They still have players who are capable of blowing any opposition away and have a good mix of both youth and experience. Their capability to quickly hit form will hold them well against other oppositions in the league.
3. Signing cover for the CB position
As mentioned before, Liverpool’s injury problems particularly hit them hard in the defensive department which was their main strength last season. Liverpool went ahead and signed Ben Davies and Ozan Kabak as backups.
The signing of the duo along with talented youngsters like Tsimikas, Nat Phillips, and Neco Williams means that Liverpool now have good reserves in their defensive department and most importantly have young centre-backs who can stay for a long time. It also helped ease the workload on players playing in makeshift positions and also improves their bench strength while the injured players recuperate.
2. Liverpool’s record against top six sides under Klopp
The USP of the Premier League is its unpredictability and any opposition can topple the other on its day. But it is often considered that The Big Six are the toughest opponents and the more affluent company in English football.
It is why results against these six teams are often viewed as the boost towards a side being placed at the higher echelons of the Premier League table. In that regard, since Klopp has arrived, Liverpool possess a decent win rate of close to 45% against the top six teams having won 31 out of their 70 games against top-six sides and losing only 12 times.
1. Elite strike force
When we talk about Liverpool, we certainly can’t see past their magnificent attacking trio of Mohammed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane. The three have evolved into arguably the most prolific trio in the world and has been the cornerstone of Liverpool’s successes.
The quality and class of the Reds’ attacking trident is sure to keep them well placed against other teams and is sure to keep them as favorites to finish higher in the Premier League standings.
In Mane, Salah and Firmino – Liverpool have a combination capable of blowing away any opposition on their day. There have been times when the trio itself have been inconsistent and have struggled for form, but it is only a matter of time until they hit their form again and if not, Liverpool have capable reinforcements in Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi and others who are capable of contributing when the going gets tough for them.