Liverpool: Premier League title challenge could hinge on vital rival games

Liverpool: Premier League title challenge could hinge on vital rival games

Fresh from their Champions League success, Liverpool will be hoping to mount another push for the Premier League title having narrowly missed out to Manchester City last season.

Obviously, City somehow pipped the Reds to the Premier League title by a single point in a mesmerising two-horse race between the nation’s finest.

There’s absolutely no doubt in our mind that Klopp will be looking to build on his first trophy as Liverpool manager with a smattering of domestic success in the upcoming season, and if he manages to keep his key players fit and firing – namely Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk – then there’s literally no reason they can’t achieve their goals.

…that is, unless they drop points in these two ‘nightmare’ fixtures

Manchester United vs Liverpool: Saturday 19 October 2019

Don’t get us wrong, we haven’t included this fixture because we think United stand much of a chance beating Liverpool.

Rather we’ve highlighted it because: 1) it’s at Old Trafford and while that doesn’t mean all that much against the smaller teams nowadays, the crowd can really get going for Liverpool, and 2) Liverpool have one won once in the previous ten Premier League encounters (losing five times, drawing four times and winning one).

Even with Liverpool’s recent upturn of form accounted for, they’ve drawn three of the last five, dropping valuable points in the process.

As we’ve seen this year, two points can make all the difference.

Manchester City vs Liverpool: Saturday 4 April 2020

No surprises here, really.

Manchester City were the only team to beat Liverpool last year, and this Goliath victory was achieved in their own back yard, the Etihad, which is conveniently where this showdown will take place.

Why is it so important? Well, if we need to answer that question, we’re a little worried.

If the upcoming contest is anything like it was this year, it could be a case of City and Liverpool running ahead of the pack whilst everyone else tries desperately to keep up. Dropped points will be the equivalent of picking up muscle cramp 20 yards before the finish line and being unable to complete the race. And this could well be the mother of all cramps for whoever loses.

Liverpool fans, do you agree with our selection? Let us know in the comments below…

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