Liverpool Back on Top

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League for the first time since the 7th of May 2014 after a 6-1 win over Watford. This is no big story, but the big story is that, it’s been 26 years since Liverpool last won the title. It’s still early in the season to make judgments but Liverpool’s stats definitely make them the favorites to win the title. Most of the team that put Liverpool temporarily on the table in 2014 is gone. Therefore, Steven Gerrard’s slip does not seem to haunt the current team.

The Reds have scored 30 goals in only 11 Premier League games so far, four more than their closest rivals Chelsea. However, Chelsea do indeed boast a much better defence having only conceded nine goals compared to Liverpool’s 14. Perhaps this is Liverpool’s only problem this season, their defensive woes. They have kept only one clean sheet so far and conceded on 10 occasions but in football it does not matter if you concede as long as you score more than your opponents and Jurgen Klopp’s heavy metal football has proven that that works. Liverpool’s attack is something completely new to the Premier League. They set a new Premier League record on Sunday as their 17 shots on target was the most any team has managed in a single game since records began in 2003. This speaks volumes by itself. Klopp transformed this English team into a dominating German one.

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Klopp’s team is built around work ethic. The players are running in both situations when on and off the ball. They are running all over the place and captain Jordan Henderson has already ran over 131 kilometers so far this term, more than any other Premier League player. Henderson and Adam Lallana have been perhaps the most crucial players for the team, their selflessness and commitment to the team has shown that they are the pumping heart behind all plays. The front trio is also domination, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firminio and Philippe Coutinho have been performing even better than Barcelona’s Messi, Suarez and Neymar with 16 goals and 12 assists in between them.

The Premier League title race is still wide open, fifth placed Tottenham are only five points behind Liverpool and things could change in one single game. Liverpool are on track to score more goals than Brendan Rodger’s side of 2014 did (101 goals). However, that might not matter if Liverpool manage to knick their opponents to the title.

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