Pundit’s Choice: Liverpool

Pundit’s Choice: Liverpool

Liverpool supporters have been pretty satisfied in recent times despite seeing their side fail to win any of their four matches prior to the current two-week break for internationals.

Jurgen Klopp’s men made an excellent start to the campaign in winning all of their opening seven games in all competitions, which included impressive victories over Tottenham in the Premier League and Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Yet the Reds suffered defeat to Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on September 26 before drawing 1-1 in the league at Stamford Bridge a few days later, and they have since then lost to Napoli and drawn to Manchester City to somewhat stem their momentum.

Nonetheless, there have been many satisfied Liverpudlians up and down the country in recent times given their side’s solid start to the campaign, and several are likely to be intrigued by recent comments from ex-Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes (via ESPN), in which he believes that Liverpool are ‘laughing’ at the troubles of his former side.

And given the Reds’ excellent start to the campaign, alongside the feel-good factor Klopp has brought to the club since his appointment little over three years, it’s hard to disagree with Scholes’ verdict given the troubles surrounding Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils.

Ultimately, Liverpool have not won the league title since 1990 and haven’t had numerous amounts of genuine opportunities to do so in times gone by, with the likes of United, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City very much dominating the Premier League era.

Yet Klopp came in back in October 2015 following the departure of Brendan Rodgers, and while his side could only finish eighth in the Premier League that term, it was clear that the former Borussia Dortmund chief was beginning to build something at Anfield.

And subsequent back-to-back top four finishes alongside a run to the final of the Champions League has highlighted that development, with the Reds now arguably the main challengers to champions City for the title this term – and they are doing it with a style of football that excites supporters and gets them off their seats.

Whereas the same simply cannot be said of Mourinho’s United, as although they finished second to Pep Guardiola’s City last term, they ended up 19 points adrift of the Citizens, and ultimately were just the best of the rest.

Significantly, Mourinho’s men didn’t play a particularly exciting and engaging style of football in recording their best finish since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement back in 2013, which has carried over into this term with some remarkably poor displays littering the first few months of the season.

And with United currently sat eighth and the Reds third but level on points with leaders City, Scholes verdict that Liverpool are ‘laughing’ at the Red Devils’ plight will surely resonate with many Liverpudlians – after many years of United domination, it appears that they are now destined for a period of struggle.

Thus, it’s difficult to argue with Scholes’ view that the Reds are likely ‘laughing’ at United’s troubles, what with things heading in the right direction at Anfield, and things heading the opposite way at Old Trafford.

Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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