Calm Down, Calm Down hear me out.
Yes, they are ten points back and yes, player for player, they are not in the class of Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal or Spurs: Paul Konchesky anyone? However, in this crazy season, I don’t think you can rule them out. If you are ruling Spurs in (and with their squad strength and Champions League performances you must do) then you have to count the Anfield boys in, too.
Tottenham are only on 26 points currently and the Scousers are just the four points behind that.
But what makes me think they can catch up? Well, for starters, all the sides in front of them are constantly tripping themselves up in a way that has never been true before, which means a gap of ten points is certainly bridgeable. Roy Hodgson is a good manager who can get great performances out of very little over time. He has gone through his six month period of learning about his squad and how to get performances on the field, and is now on the verge of breaking things right open.
The performances of late prove that, and their only two losses since the Merseyside derby have been an injury-time loss at White Hart Lane to Spurs, who have the best squad, man for man, in the country at the minute, and away to Stoke, which is the most difficult place to go in the Premiership. How’s he done this? By utilising players’ strengths, playing them in their favoured positions and playing a style that plays to their strengths and covers up weaknesses. On top of that, Hodgson will go out in January and buy players to address those weaknesses and help the side, as opposed to just buying good players and ending up with 20 good attacking midfielders and wingers and no good centre-half or goalkeeper (Taxi for Wenger).
Liverpool do not have the best or biggest squad in the League now and they won’t have come May. However, they do have as good a manager as any, and as many players in Gerrard, Torres etc. who can change/win a game on their own as the rest. If they stay fit, it may be enough.
So, in this crazy year, maybe now that they’re finally not talking about Liverpool, they can sneak in under the radar when they really should be talked about.
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience