Why Liverpool will edge out Man City and stay atop of the EPL table
As it currently stands (12/17/2018) Liverpool are at the top of the English Premier League table. Having played 17 games, the Reds (45 points) are 1 point ahead of Manchester City (44 points… duh). Both squads are heavily loaded in the attacking third and have the poise and confidence needed to start play out of the back. With both teams winning their weekend matches, it I critical that both teams continue to get 3 points at every opportunity. But even with City’s dominance in the Prem last season, as well as this campaign, I believe in the Reds. Here are a few reasons that Liverpool will raise the trophy at the season’s end:
The front three for Liverpool has torn apart defenses for the past two campaigns. Currently, all three attackers have combined for 21 goals and 8 assists (Mane 7g/1a) (Salah 10g/4a) (Firminho 4g/3a). Liverpool isn’t scoring at the rapid pace that they were last year, and that’s ok. Their front three will still eclipse 50 goals (57 last season in the Prem) and continue to consume the tears of opposing managers and defenders alike. NO ONE IS SAFE.
2: Back Line (Robertson/Van Dijk/Lovren (Matip)/Alexander-Arnold):
The back line for Liverpool has been incredible this season, with Jurgen Klopp able to plug in a variety of different back 4’s due to injury, squad rotation and rest. They currently rank 1st in the Premier League in goals allowed (7 in 17 matches), 1st in clean sheets (10) and tied for 1st in penalties conceded (1). With Van Dijk anchoring the back line, Liverpool fans finally have a central defender that is worthy of taking over Jamie Carragher’s spot within the Kop.
I won’t act like I fully believed in the transfer of Brazilian keeper Alisson from Roma to Liverpool this past summer. $73 million for a keeper (world record fee that could rise to $84 mill) is an absurd amount, even in terms of today’s bloated transfer fees. I hadn’t watched much of Alisson in Serie A, other than Youtube highlights, so I didn’t really know what was going to make him different than the disastrous two-headed monster known as Karius and Mignolet. Damn, was I in for a treat…. Alisson has commanded a very solid back line and turned them into the Prem’s best back 4 this season. As previously mentioned, he has 10 clean sheets and only 7 goals allowed in 17 league matches (Lingard goal was shit and the first real error I can remember). This man kept the Reds Champions League dreams alive with a stunning point blank save on Napoli’s Milik in the dying minutes of a crucial second leg of the group stages. He oozes confidence and is as cool as a cucumber under pressure, something we can’t say about our previous two keepers. Overall, some rate him as the league’s best keeper, ahead of De Gea, and I wouldn’t disagree based on the numbers.
It will be an interesting and exciting 2019 and second half of the Premier League season for both Liverpool and City. My prediction is that it will come down to the final 4 games for both teams, with Liverpool facing Cardiff, Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolves. City, on the other hand, have Spurs, Burnley, Leicester and Brighton.
Here’s to hoping for an exciting Premier League title race, but remember YNWA!