High 5 / High 10
24 Jan 2019, 23:48 IST
With virtually three-quarters of the 2018-19 Premier League season gone, Liverpool proceed to be the pacesetters on the summit holding a four-point benefit over closest challengers Manchester Metropolis.
Pep Guardiola’s aspect stay the one crew within the league to take most factors off the Reds, and at this stage of the season they’ll solely win their remaining video games and hope Liverpool falter.
Crystal Palace briefly threatened to affix the record final Saturday after they took a shock lead at Anfield within the first half earlier than Jurgen Klopp’s males recorded a memorable comeback to edge a wide ranging contest 4-3.
Liverpool are displaying no indicators of surrendering their place on the high of the desk and Manchester Metropolis will hope for an unlikely capitulation. The Reds would wish to lose twice at most to offer Metropolis the benefit or draw twice on the very least handy Pep Guardiola’s aspect high spot on purpose distinction.
With quite a lot of season-defining matches coming thick and quick notably for Manchester Metropolis within the subsequent couple of weeks, the Reds might remainder of their laurels for the second. Nevertheless, Klopp’s aspect might nonetheless be susceptible to an upset as evident in that nervy win over Palace final weekend.
It took a howler from Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni to offer a gap and Liverpool regardless of successful, conceded greater than as soon as at Anfield within the league for the primary time this season. That statistic didn’t tarnish Liverpool’s good work, and the Reds are actually within the driving seat as they search a primary league title in virtually three a long time.
After closely investing on new gamers within the January switch window final yr and final summer season, that is the closest Liverpool have come to successful the Premier League. They twice held a bonus over the second positioned crew notably in 2009 and 2014 however did not recover from the ending line.
That failure which was outstanding from Liverpool’s defensive frailties notably in 2014, is a mistake Klopp wouldn’t tolerate. The acquisition of Virgil Van Dijk and Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson has transitioned Liverpool to turn into the meanest defence within the league.
The Reds might have accomplished their conferences in opposition to Manchester Metropolis, however they nonetheless have quite a lot of very important fixtures to barter throughout now and the top of the season that would considerably dent their title pursuit.
Listed below are three fixtures that Liverpool might drop factors in, between now and finish the season.
Manchester United (play Liverpool at Outdated Trafford on 24th February)
That is undoubtedly the hardest task that Liverpool can have on the highway between now and the top of the season within the Premier League. If Liverpool had been to drop factors, then Outdated Trafford is the almost certainly scene for Liverpool’s second defeat of the season.
Manchester United have received six successive Premier League video games since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over as interim supervisor. The Crimson Devils haven’t misplaced at house in opposition to Liverpool within the league in 5 years. In truth, previous to United’s 3-1 loss at Anfield in December, Liverpool had not overwhelmed Manchester United within the league since successful 3-Zero at Outdated Trafford in 2014 throughout David Moyes period.
However United are actually grinding out wins and want to make a later determined push for a top-four end. Liverpool’s journey to Outdated Trafford will come simply 4 days after taking part in Bayern Munich within the spherical of final 16 within the UEFA Champions League. That could possibly be decisive within the context of this match.
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