The start of the 2015/16 English Premier League season has already presented some astonishing results. Title favourites Chelsea are currently fighting to stay out of the relegation zone rather than battling to make it into the Champions League next season. This has left the field wide open for a European spot and most would usually put Liverpool as a strong favourite to secure a place based on their pool of talent.
Liverpool have been stuck in a rut of their own, of course, with Brodgers axed as manager in October. Former Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp was brought in to rejuvenate a talented squad that includes Daniel Sturridge. The club is optimistic that he can replicate the success that he showed in Germany where he managed the team to the Champions League final and two titles. The Liverpool squad has undergone significant changes, but despite them, Klopp should be able to breathe a new lease of life into the team that’ll allow us to bounce back.
How realistic do Liverpool’s chances look?
Liverpool are currently sitting tenth in the table and considered an outside chance due to the calibre of the other teams ahead of them. There are the usual top four suspects – Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal ahead of us. However, the start of the season has also presented a series of contenders punching above their weight; such as Leicester City, West Ham, Everton and Crystal Palace. Calling the Premier league odds at the moment is a tough one, but it is fair to say that Liverpool have an outside chance of getting top 4 spot.
Positive change is needed if Liverpool are to secure a top 4 spot this season.
Despite the early performance of the team, there are still plenty of games to go. Positivity and motivation is needed by the players, the management, the board and the supporters. Klopp has made it clear that the club needs to eradicate the ‘toxicity and pessimism’ as a starting point. Since his appointment as manager, Klopp thinks Liverpool have become much harder to beat. The defence seems to be getting better, but we’ve still conceded 14 goals to date that’ve caused a succession of draws. But the team cannot let the pressure get to them. It’s up to the players to hold their nerve and score winning goals, while maintaining a strong defence – if they’re to break into the top four. We currently sit just seven points behind a top four finish so a few wins can put the team into serious contention.
The opportunity for Liverpool to make the top four is a real possibility, but they must start winning matches consistently to make it happen. They have a fierce race ahead of them, but with a strong leader and a talented squad, they can turn their season around and be the dark horse that claims one of the prestigious four spots.