Although it does seem early to be talking about who is going to win the Premier League title, bearing in mind the consistency they showed last year, Liverpool has staked an impressive claim.
They have taken all three points from each of their starting games this season. It means that they have got an early advantage over arch-rivals, Manchester City. The Citizens dropped three points at home to Tottenham Hotspur, thanks to yet another controversial VAR decision that denied them a winning goal in the dying seconds.
But that’s all it takes. Last season, they fought valiantly but were pipped to the post by one point only. They had a tougher run-in during the final games last year, mainly due to their continued participation in the Champions League.
Even though the spectacle of the final was disappointing in terms of how both teams can play, the Reds grounded out a result and added the Champions League trophy to their illustrious collection.
Liverpool’s opening games have provided enough variety to underpin their claim to this year’s Premiership crown. Their 4-1 victory over Norwich in their opening game said it all.
Newly promoted Norwich teams are always a challenge. However, any danger was quickly brushed aside by Jurgen Klopp’s men. They even managed to limit Teemu Pukki to one goal. No mean feat considering the Norwich striker is currently the top goal-scorer in the EPL with five goals.
Mo Salah was one of Liverpool’s scorers as were Divock Origi, and Danny Murphy’s tip for the player of the year last season – Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool’s next outing was in the final of the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea. It was a hard-fought match that went to penalties when the game finished 2-2 after extra time. Liverpool had plenty of opportunities to show their resolve and determination to win when they went a goal down to Chelsea.
But with that famous grit and a bit of good goalkeeping, the Reds finished 5-4 winners. Liverpool lost their keeper, Allison (who many rates as the best in the EPL) in the opener against Norwich. He is likely to be out for some weeks due to a nasty calf injury.
But it was his replacement, Adrian, who came on a free transfer from West Ham, who clinched the result. He managed to keep Abraham’s penalty out with his feet. It meant another victory and another piece of silverware.
Liverpool has also shown that they still have good away form in the EPL. Their second league game was away to Southampton where they notched up a 2-1 victory. Strangely enough, Adrian, who was the hero against Chelsea, almost turned villain at St Mary’s. He kicked the ball against Danny Ings’ shin, gifting the ex-Liverpool player a goal.
The error could have been costly if Danny Ings had converted an easy chance in the six-yard box in the closing seconds. But it was not to be for Saints, and Liverpool ended the game 2-1 winners. It just goes to show that the Reds have another important trait – lady luck.
The Kop was treated to another three goals in Liverpool’s third game of the season against Arsenal. It brings their home tally to seven in two games. The Reds won the game 3-1 to keep their 100% record going. Whereas as Norwich and Southampton might have seemed easier opponents, Arsenal arguably is not. Nonetheless, Liverpool lifted their scalp with ease.
It’s no wonder Liverpool is showing this early that they are very serious contenders for the Premier League crown.
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