How will Liverpool end this season?
The answer to this question is interesting for both Liverpool fans and fans of the teams that are among the top 6 teams in the Premier League. Apparently, no one can provide an exact answer to this question, but some indicators can help us create a sound prediction.
Every year, Liverpool, just like Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham, Arsenal, and Chelsea are focused on the title. However, this time they will have to be satisfied with a place in the top four teams in the league. After all, 26 rounds have been played, and there are 12 more rounds, and Liverpool is holding the third place. They have 5 points less than Manchester United and just one more than Chelsea. So, it’s going to be a tight race, and hopefully, Liverpool can manage to keep this position to the end.
What can we expect?
Even Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s manager, has revealed that he expects his team to finish among the top four teams for the second year in a row which according to him would be a great success. As we already said, Klopp was expecting more at the beginning of the season, but Manchester City has proven to be unstoppable.
At the same time, Liverpool is out of both national cups, but they are part of the Champions League. They are focused on both competitions, but it appears that the Premier League is more important. Personally, Jurgen Klopp would like his team to end on the second position right behind Manchester City, but according to him, the thirst and fourth position are equally useful because they provide the same reward – access to the Champions League.
We have already mentioned Chelsea and Manchester United, but we should not forget Arsenal and even Tottenham. Many websites focused on providing online betting tips are suggesting that these two teams can enter the top four team list. Also, Liverpool didn’t manage to beat Tottenham on Sunday at Anfield (2:2).
If we take a closer look at the fixtures, we will see that there are many difficult matches ahead for Liverpool. For example, on February 14th, they will play against Porto in the Champions League away. When it comes to the big names in the Premier League, Liverpool will face Manchester United away in March, as well as Chelsea away in May. Of course, this doesn’t mean that the matches against some seemingly weaker teams will be easy. On the contrary, as the season comes to an end, we can expect many exciting results. Even the teams that have lower positions on the table may surprise the most active teams.
What’s excellent about Liverpool is that their offensive line is very efficient and they are the second-best team after Manchester City regarding goals scored. However, they are also the team with most conceded goals among the top five teams in the Premier League. In other words, if they can strengthen their defensive line, they should be able to achieve their goals. Klopp will have to rely on some of the best players that Liverpool has in the defensive line to get better results. The players that represent the backbone of this line are Oxlade Chamberlain, Wijnaldum, Can and Lovren. If they work well together with the offensive line, especially with the top scorers – Coutinho, Firmino and Salah, everything would be great.
Klopp could test his team against Southampton away, this weekend. It looks like Southampton is always a tricky team for Liverpool because their results against them at St Mary’s haven’t been impressive recently. Namely, Southampton have won two out of three of the last matches on their ground. So, Liverpool will have to overcome the pressure and do their best with Southampton because this is a crucial match for them. According to some experts, their best shot is to use counter attacks and to create long shot opportunities. On the other hand, they should try to block Southampton’s efforts to shoot from direct free kicks and their ability to steal the ball. Additionally, Liverpool should work on their aerial duels because they are often losing them.
All in all, Liverpool will probably have another successful season, but they will have to wait for the next 2018/2019 season to get another chance to win the Premier League.