Excitement is building by the day over Liverpool’s title charge. Currently sat at the top of the Premier League table, the Reds enjoy a nice cushion over Aston Villa, Manchester City, and Arsenal.
Having been defeated just once all season, if Liverpool can keep up this current level of momentum, they will remain the team that everyone else will need to chase.
With Liverpool fans all over the world dreaming of title glory, we analyse what the team needs to do to ensure that it’s they who have their hands on that beautiful Premier League trophy in May.
Surviving without Mo
Mo Salah’s January absence due to the African Cup of Nations has long been on the radar, but now it is here, the need to grind out results despite the absence of their star player has taken on even more significance.
After a frustrating season last year, Salah seems back to his best and has already found the back of the net fourteen times and has laid on a further eight assists.
With Salah leading Egypt’s line at AFCON, there is a huge chance that Egypt will go deep into the tournament, and he could miss several vital matches.
Liverpool have been able to cope without Salah in brilliant victories over Arsenal and Fulham in the FA and Carabao Cups – however, the Reds have yet to be tested on the Premier League stage.
If Egypt reach the final, Salah will miss games against Bournemouth, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Burnley.
If Liverpool are to keep their lead intact, they will need to find a way of winning without one of their best-ever players.
Keep the injury list small
The festive period is rough on all Premier League teams and Liverpool, like so many teams, were unable to come through that busy period unscathed. Injuries to Dominik Szoboszlai and Trent Alexander-Arnold will see both stuck on the sidelines for weeks and with Andy Robertson no closer to a return Jurgen Klopp can ill afford to lose any more of his key men.
Keeping the bulk of the squad free from injury is absolutely essential in order to keep Liverpool’s title charge on track.
Strengthen in the transfer window
January offers the opportunity for teams to strengthen via the transfer market, but it’s often a window where business can be hard to do.
Just like a few seasons ago, Liverpool are having a great year and look capable of winning numerous trophies.
Through to the fourth round of the FA Cup, the Reds are also in pole position in their League Cup semi-final against Fulham. Considered favorites by many betting sites for the Europa League, Liverpool has a significant chance of remaining in multiple competitions as the business end of the season approaches.
Liverpool has a squad packed full of talent, but the strength of the squad will be severely tested before the end of the year. Whilst it’s hard to buy quality additions in January, Liverpool could look to bolster one or two key areas to ensure they can maintain the fight on all fronts as the season progresses.
Navigate the next eight Premier League games
There is a high chance that the next eight Premier League games will define Liverpool’s league season. Over the next eight games they will play title rivals Arsenal and Manchester City and they will also face tough encounters against Brentford, Chelsea, Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest, and Luton.
Heading into the final stretch of the season, Liverpool would only have matches against Aston Villa, Tottenham, Brighton, and Manchester United who would be regarded as top-level opponents.
If Liverpool are to keep the chasing pack at bay, they need to pick up as many points as possible over the next few months as their run-in looks favourable.
Keep winning as Manchester City are on the charge
Despite a rough first half to the season, Manchester City sit only five points behind with one game in hand. Worryingly for the rest of the league, Kevin De Bruyne looks close to a full return to fitness and after missing several games, Erling Haaland should also find himself back in the matchday squad over the next few weeks.
Despite achieving a historic treble last year, amazingly, City can make even more history this year by becoming the first team to ever win four Premier League titles in succession.
Manchester City often start their seasons slowly but have a unique ability to turn it on when it matters.
Liverpool know better than anyone at what a winning machine City can become. If they are to end the year victorious, they will need to keep on winning to ensure that they can keep the Man City juggernaut at bay.