Three reasons why Liverpool can win Premier League title
Tom Phillips examines three reasons why Liverpool can win the Premier League title this season
Sturridge is back
It may be too early to say Liverpool can win the Premier League title but all of a sudden Daniel Sturridge is fit and scoring goals. Sturridge was named in the starting line-up despite last week’s apparent injury setback. What changed? Jurgen Klopp. The manager said himself that Sturridge needs to know difference between what is pain and what he thinks is pain – strong words. But now Sturridge’s brilliant performance against Southampton even caught Klopp by surprise, admitting that he now understands why there is so much hype around the striker. That sort of motivation could see Sturridge back to his best, something we have not seen since when Luis Suarez was in the side.
Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino were underperforming in the latter stages of Brendan Rodgers’s career at Liverpool. Playing out-of position and having to embrace tactics that didn’t suit their style of play saw Liverpool’s form dipping dramatically and going further away from a possible top four finish. Now that Klopp has appointed, their form has been phenomenal. Coutinho’s double and dominant display against Chelsea on Halloween haunted Jose Mourinho’s side while Firmino is showing signs of developing into a key player. A man of the match performance against Bournemouth in the League Cup has seen Firmino become a creative influence in either a false-nine or No.10 role as Klopp has described him as a “complete offensive player”. With these two in great form, Liverpool have a serious chance in capitalising on their rivals’s lack of form.
The Klopp factor
Since Klopp’s appointment, the atmosphere around Anfield has blossomed. He has managed to change the mentality of the squad and their performances on the pitch. His record in the league at this stage speaks volumes of the potential he can bring out in his players – only one defeat and three wins from six in the league. And Klopp was particularly annoyed about that Palace hiccup. He has got Liverpool through to the Europa League last 16 and into the semi-finals of the League Cup. Could we possibly see more than one piece of silverware coming back to Anfield this season?