It’s hard for any Liverpool fan to look back at the way the league finished last season and not feel hard done by. Thankfully the silver lining came in the form of a giant, big-eared silver trophy in Madrid just a week later.
The Champions League as a springboard for success
Many have tried and many have failed. Most see the Champions League as the Holy Grail of footballing achievements, and quite rightly so. But in the weird way football can often play out and despite claiming another European victory, it feels like there is unfinished business to be done for Liverpool.
The sixth Champions League victory was surely sweet but ask most Liverpool fans and you’ll find that the lack of league titles over the past decades is still weighing heavy. For many, with another European victory notched on the bedpost, the league has to be the priority, even more so bearing in mind they came so close last time round.
Klopp has built a team worthy of winning Liverpool’s first league title since 1990, there is no doubt about it. Indeed the Reds have come close on a few occasions but not as close as Klopp’s troops did last season.
More often than not, the danger can be that when teams come so close but ultimately fail, it often unravels all too quickly and fizzles into nothingness.
That doesn’t look like it’s about to happen this time round. Klopp has kept his team intact and they’ve made a strong start, with their closest rivals already dropping points early on.
That’s why the bookies still have them as one of the favourites to win the league this season. Before a bet on backing Liverpool make sure to pick the highest odds possible and consult a betting expert who knows where to find the best betting sites.
The luck of the draw
When you look at last season’s Premier League table you wouldn’t be hard-pressed to note that the champions Manchester City lost a total of four games, yes, four games.
It wasn’t exactly a show of complete, outright dominance that many would expect given the ongoing narrative of prodigal Pep-ism.
Liverpool fans should remember that it wasn’t the sole defeat away to Manchester City last January, and a matter of millimetres, that cost Liverpool the title. Ultimately what put the nail in the coffin for Liverpool’s potential league crown was the inability to break teams down on a number of occasions. It led to seven draws and some close calls. That was what did it.
Hopefully having learnt from their mistakes, Liverpool need to be more ruthless in the league if they want to snatch domestic glory from the claws of Manchester City.
A highly coveted prize
It was obvious to any casual observer last season that the top two title contenders were miles ahead of anyone else. The same is true today. Unless there is a massive sea change in the coming months it looks set to be a two-horse race once again.
With Manchester City and Liverpool’s nascent rivalry blossoming and in full flow, both teams are at a crossroads, and in some senses, moving in opposing directions.
City have dominated domestic English football over recent years but the new order is desperate to take the next step and claim a Champions League title. They are desperate to announce to the world that they have arrived and are ready to play with the big boys.
Liverpool, on the other hand, are parched for domestic success. With another Champions League campaign just around the corner and the Club World Cup coming up in December, something’s got to give.
If Liverpool want to win the league it may be the case where they have to put all their eggs in one basket, or, at the very least, prioritise the league as the focal point of their season if they’re to end a near three-decade wait.