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Liverpool are just a winning machine

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 3 Jan 2020

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On Thursday night Liverpool extended their lead at the top of the table to 13 points after an easy 2-0 victory over Sheffield United. It has seemed obvious for a good while that not even the Reds, the team notorious for losing leads at the top of the table could throw away their massive lead.

I have accepted it now

Firstly, as a fan of the club from across Stanley Park, it is hard to watch Liverpool run away with the Premier League title. The main problem is a certain select portion of the Liverpool fanbase, who are highly irritating. Despite their team thriving they still have the time somehow to rub it in our faces.

However, through the years of doing this job and having a reasonably successful Fantasy football team, I have become slightly less partisan towards the Reds, even their minority of idiot fans.

I have to say I know a few decent Liverpool fans. My late grandad would have loved to have seen the current team thriving, as he was there in the Reds most glorious years. Anyway, I digress. Last season I accepted that Liverpool were going to win the league. However, City pipped them to top spot and the gloating delayed for a season.

Klopp has created an unbelievable football team

Taking a step back and looking at Liverpool as a football team and cutting through the rubbish, Jurgen Klopp has created a winning machine. This season they have only failed to win one game in the Premier League. It is difficult to argue with that record.

They have the best defence in the top-flight and the second-best attack after Manchester City. However, it is not just the stats that are impressive, it is the sheer relentlessness of the players that really shines through. They keep going and going for their boss, who accepts nothing less than a hundred per cent on the pitch.

The German has brought on and developed so many players it is unbelievable. I remember loving Klopp’s Dortmund team. Since the Klopp years, I have had a soft spot for Dortmund. Maybe it was the underdog mentality that I liked, as they battled the Bavarian behemoths of Bayern Munich.

Klopp’s work at Dortmund showed what a top football coach he was. He has taken it up a level at Liverpool. The 52-year-old has shown himself amongst the best coaches in the work game during his time on Merseyside.

Can they match the invincibles?

Liverpool are red hot favourites to secure the Premier League title this season at odds of 1/25. It seems a foregone conclusion at this point. This is not an eight-point lead. With a game in hand on their rivals, Liverpool could at some point be 16 points clear at the top of the table.

Not only that, but the Reds are currently 37 games unbeaten in the Premier League. The last time Klopp’s team lost a league game was a year ago today, suffering a vital 2-1 defeat at title rivals Manchester City. The result proved fatal to the Reds title bid.

However, the current Liverpool team looks to be a good position to match the accomplishments of Arsenal’s invincibles, who went 49 games unbeaten in 2003 and 2004. The way Liverpool are winning games with ease, it looks like they could match the Gunners record.

Even when Klopp rotates his squad, his team find a way of winning football matches. He has now instilled a winning mentality, which was previously absent. Like many, I am hoping that Liverpool just wins the one title and then their form drops off. Unfortunately, it seems that Klopp is determined to create a Liverpool team that dominates the English game for some time to come.

Can Liverpool match Arsenal’s invincibles record?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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