Plenty for Liverpool to be Optimistic about
Despite a Slow Start - there is Plenty for Liverpool to be Optimistic about this Season
Liverpool remain one of English football’s most decorated clubs, having won 18 League Championships, along with eight League Cups, seven FA Cups and five European Cups. However, as we edge towards the end of 2017, five years have now passed since the Reds last won a trophy – the 2012 League Cup triumph.
The 2017/18 campaign handed Liverpool the opportunity to compete for silverware on four fronts, with Jurgen Klopp’s side desperate to end the club’s wait for success. However, one trophy has already eluded them, with Liverpool crashing out of the League Cup in the third-round, after Leicester City handed Klopp’s side a 2-0 defeat.
Dropping out of the League Cup at such an early stage, combined with a slow start in the Premier League and Champions League, has left Liverpool’s supporters frustrated during the opening month of the campaign, with many now wondering if this year will be the year the club’s trophy drought ends.
There is certainly no reason to be too downhearted just yet at Anfield, with Klopp’s side showing glimpses, particularly in attack, that they could still be a real force and undoubtedly challenge for the top-four in the Premier League this season, whilst they should also make it out of their group in the Champions League.
It has been well documented how long Liverpool have waited for their 19th league title, and 2018 is not looking like the year that wait will end, with Klopp’s side already priced at 25/1 with on bet365’s Premier League betting list, to lift the trophy in May, after their slow start to the season.
However, they should be well placed to challenge for a place in the top-four alongside the Premier League’s elite.
It is looking likely that Manchester United and Manchester City will challenge for the title, whilst Chelsea are expected to be there or thereabouts in the race having spent big on bringing Alvaro Morata to Stamford Bridge to replace Diego Costa.
Liverpool are likely to be challenging with Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal for a place in the top four and qualification for next season’s Champions League, which is an absolute must for the Reds this year if they are to attract top talent to Anfield in the coming transfer windows.
Whilst the Reds will be prioritising finishing as high as possible in the Premier League, they also still have another two opportunities to compete for trophies under Klopp, in the Champions League and FA Cup, a competition that they will enter in 2018.
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Champions League glory seems unlikely for Liverpool, with the likes of PSG, Real Madrid and Barcelona seemingly streets ahead of the rest of Europe in terms of quality and depth of the squad. However, Anfield is a special place on a European night, and there is every chance that Klopp’s side will do well in the competition.
However, the FA Cup could be the trophy that Liverpool have the most chance of winning this year, and the club’s supporters will hope to see Klopp name a strong side when that competition comes around in January, as the club’s wait for silverware dragging into a fifth season.
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