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Will Liverpool finish the season without a trophy?

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 25 Feb 2019

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Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League table on Sunday afternoon courtesy of a 0-0 draw at north west rivals Manchester United. However, after the game, there was a sense of a missed opportunity.

The Red Devils suffered four injuries during the game, as Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard all limped off, while striker Marcus Rashford stayed on despite sustaining an injury mid-game. A draw at an in-form United is not a terrible result. However, the Reds performance may be slightly worrying, as Jurgen Klopp’s team seem to have gone off the boil.

What if Liverpool fails to win the Premier League Title?

I remember a few months ago when Liverpool were well ahead in the title race telling a friend of mine who supports the Reds that I thought Liverpool may fail to win a trophy this season.

In typical banter we have between a red and a blue, he laughed and said ‘That is not going to happen’. Well sorry Alan lad, it may just happen. The Reds are out of the FA Cup, failed to win the League Cup and their position in the Champions League is looking precarious.

It seems the focus has been solely on winning the title this season since it became apparent that it is a realistic possibility. If the Reds did exit the Champions League against Bayern Munich, it could help their title charge. However, what happens if they exit the Champions League, only for their title challenge to falter as well.

Surely Liverpool will return to form soon

As an Everton fan, I am quite happy for Liverpool to be treading water in the top-flight. However, I am well aware that the Reds could return to top form at any time. Klopp’s team showed at the start of the season what they could do when on song.

Not only were they deadly going forward, but also outstanding in defence. The Reds recent form has been nowhere near as good, as three wins from their last nine matches in all competitions proves. The fact that Klopp’s side has only scored five goals in their last five outings in all competitions must be a concern for anybody of the Liverpool persuasion.

Soon or later though, the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will hit form again, and then the Reds will start winning games. They need to hit form as quickly as possible to maintain their position at the top of the Premier League table.

Title race too tight to call

With just 11 Premier League games remaining this season, the race for the Premier League title is just too close to call. Liverpool are just a point ahead of reigning champions Manchester City.

Liverpool are now second favourites to win the title at odds of 13/8, just a few weeks after having a big lead at the top of the table. City’s superior goal difference is also likely a factor in those odds, as is their experience in this particular situation.

When I said to my friend that I did not think Liverpool would win a trophy, I was only joking, attempting to wind him up, as at the time it seemed a ludicrous suggestion. However, at the moment it is a very real possibility that the Reds could end the season without silverware.

It would be incredible if Klopp’s finished the season empty-handed, as they look so strong at the start of the campaign. There is still plenty of football to be played and anything can happen.

At least this season the title race looks like it may be slightly more interesting than City’s stroll to last season’s title. Only Liverpool can stop the Citizens winning the title again. However, the Reds must rediscover their mojo before it is too late.

Will Liverpool finish the season without a trophy

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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