Crucial Period Coming up in LFC’s Title Challenge

Crucial Period Coming up in LFC’s Title Challenge 

 

Following last season’s significant improvement under Jurgen Klopp and the return of Champions League football to Anfield, there was a genuine feeling amongst supporters that 2017/18 could bring about a genuine title challenge. 

However, with just five games gone of the new campaign, pundits seem to be writing off the Reds already. Admittedly the table doesn’t make for great reading after those five matches as Klopp’s men sit in eighth behind the likes of Burnley, Huddersfield and Newcastle United but can we really read so much into that position at this early stage? 

Fast start halted 

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"Adam Lallana; Liverpool FC Vs Arsenal De" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by johnrobjones 

Liverpool have lost just one of their first five matches but it was the nature and margin of the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City that drew so much criticism. Football is a game of what ifs so who knows what the scoreline might have been if Sadio Mane had stayed on the pitch but clearly this wasn’t the best outcome against the pre-season title favourites. 

Going back to the start, the 3-3 draw at Watford was another poor afternoon for the Liverpool defence but the Hornets have started the new campaign in a positive fashion and look a better side than most will give them credit for. 

The fact that the table is so bunched with Liverpool one of seven teams on eight points suggests that supporters shouldn’t be too pessimistic at this point but the next few fixtures could define the Reds’ season. 

Outfoxed 

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"Simon Mignolet, Liverpool FC, 2014" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by ShakeFrog 

 

Liverpool may have gone into their league match at Leicester City with slightly more confidence had they not lost to the same opponents in the Carabao Cup. Yes it’s a competition that is less of a priority and Klopp’s starting XI could be much changed for the league fixture but it was still a worrying outcome on the back of some poor results. 

While it is early, talk of the title has subsided and a safer bet for any punters interested would be to take Liverpool for a Top Four finish as the end of 2017/18. Even this is considered an outside option by the bookies as the Reds are fifth favourites so it may be wiser to look for some free bet offers if you are looking to take that punt. 

Following the Leicester City game, Liverpool have a tough set of matches, travelling to Newcastle on the first of October with another away fixture at Spurs towards the end of the month. Sandwiched between those tough games is a home tie against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United so it’s not going to be an easy few weeks for Klopp as he looks to answer his critics. 

Season defining 

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"Jurgen Klopp leaves the pitch at full-ti" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by RuaraidhG 

October could really be a season defining month for Liverpool and it’s imperative that they pick up points from those three difficult league games. We’ve mentioned that five games isn’t really enough to judge a campaign but Klopp has retained Coutinho and added Oxlade-Chamberlain to the ranks so the squad is fully in place moving forward. 

It starts with Leicester City and from there, Liverpool will need to pick up around five points from those first three fixtures in October, otherwise the pundits may be justified in writing them off. 


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